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Scott Building

705 Johnson Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8W, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1995/01/19

Exterior view of the Scott Building; City of Victoria, Berdine J. Jonker, 2005.
Johnson Street facade
Exterior view of the Scott Building; City of Victoria, Berdine J. Jonker, 2005.
Detail of cornice line
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/11/15

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Scott Building is a three storey brick commercial building located in Victoria's commercial downtown. It is characterized by simple Edwardian detailing, including double-assembly windows and articulated brickwork on its Johnson Street facade.

Heritage Value

Built in 1912 as a store for local landowner and developer Robert Scott, the Scott Building is valued as a very good example of a moderate scale Edwardian commercial building in Victoria's downtown. Constructed during a period of development which saw the construction of large-scale commercial landmarks nearby such as the Hudson's Bay Company Department Store, the Hotel Douglas, and the Yarrow Building, the Scott Building represents diversity in the upsurge of real estate speculation which occurred in the city in the years leading up to the First World War.

It is notable that this building retains design elements typical of the Edwardian architectural idiom being used in Victoria on larger buildings of this era. The double-assembly windows, projecting metal cornice, and brick detailing designed by architect L.W. Hargreaves recall the ideal image of the modern early twentieth century city. Together with the neighbouring building to the east, Mable Carriage Works, (with which it shares a common cornice line) the Scott Building reinforces the historic character of the south side of this block of Johnson Street, and maintains the heritage of Victoria's commercial core.

Source: City of Victoria Planning and Development Dept.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Scott Building include:
- Its three storey massing, and flat-roofed form.
- Its contribution to the urban fabric of the street wall, seen in lack of set-backs.
- The continuity it adds to the historic street wall, by forming a cohesive unit with its adjacent neighbour to the east.
- Edwardian architectural detailing attributable to its 1912 design by architect L.W. Hargreaves, including paired and framed windows and detailed brickwork.
- Its commercial use, with store fronts at street level.
- Interior spaces which support the heritage character of its original 1912 design.
- Construction methods used in its original design.



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

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Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building


Architect / Designer

L.W. Hargreaves



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Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Victoria Planning and Development Dept.

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