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The Union Club Of British Columbia

One of  the beautiful buildings in Victoria BC, definitely from the era much inspired by the British of the time, is the Union Club of BC building. Nowadays it is very much like a hotel. It is advertised by the many hotel booking agencies that operate on line, but it still is a club with dress codes and such from long ago. The building was built in 1912 when the Club had outgrown its previous home. One of these days I hope to go inside but in the mean time there is the outside. The building, obviously designed for the awkward property it is on, is a prime example of west coast architecture with the British influences in the early 1900’s.

Arriving here from Amsterdam in the mid 1960’s I was awed by the inner city low building style and the subsequent feeling of total spaciousness. This building is part of that old low style. The landscape has changed somewhat in the mean time because of modern high rise intermingling but I’m able to ignore that aspect in these photographs.

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About Joseph de Lange

Before retirement worked in art galleries, a photo studio, offices, and the trades. Don't travel much anymore but still photograph. For the past 5 years 95% of my photography is done with the phone. My prediction for big cameras: DSLRs and their beautiful lenses and even the smaller mirrorless cameras will be mostly a historical footnote in the not too distant future.

6 responses to “The Union Club Of British Columbia

  1. ehpem

    Fantastic lighting shows this building off to its best. B&W works well too. Very nice set of photos.

    • Thank you ehpem, I just found some more photos that were supposed to be part of this post. They were misplaced at the time, lost. They are mainly details of the front of this building. Initially I was thinking about editing them into this post, but perhaps it’s better to make a new post with these photographs linking back to this post. I am not going to be back on this computer until the weekend and that gives me time to think about it.

      • ehpem

        I think a second post is a good idea, it will emphasize that part of the building, and linked back (and forward) between the posts will keep them all together.
        How nice to find lost images. I am still waiting for one that I have searched for high and low to show up again. It has been months.

  2. Terrific work here Joseph, top drawer! I LOVE that building and haven’t seen it captured in photography so well as what you’ve done and presented here!

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