The other night standing at the intersection I saw this building just glowing red in that final sun of the day. The hand held bit and the zoom lens made photography at that time of the day challenging.
Of course looking at a photo always brings up the question whether it is any good in the blog. I thought this one could be if it only had some history.
So I spoke with the family historian, my wife, and she surprised me knowing some of the building’s history by heart.
Apparently it is the first Federal building constructed in Victoria (in the 1870s) as the old Victoria Custom House. There is a rooftop viewing area so that boats in the harbour could be seen. It is also known as the Malahat Building. Building style is French, but the architect named somebody Scott doesn’t sound very French.
The building is small compared with what you see around it. The height of the building reminds me of the 1960s when I first arrived on these shores. What struck me at the time was the fact there were no highrises. That made for a spacious friendly almost other worldly feeling. Obviously and perhaps sadly much has changed and the planners and movers better watch out so that with all the new development (very much of that without imagination or links to the past) Victoria does not get lost in Victoria.