Old Victoria Custom House

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Old Victoria Custom House in 2012

The Old Victoria Customs House or Malahat Building, in Victoria was completed about 1875 and designated as a historic building in 1987. It is a three-storey, mansard-roofed, custom house overlooking Victoria's harbour, symbolic of the time when Victoria was the pre-eminent commercial centre on Canada's West Coast. The building is described by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada as a "relatively plain example of the imposing Second Empire style adopted for these buildings under Thomas Seaton Scott, first Chief Architect of the Department of Public Works (1872-1881). Its modest design and materials are in keeping with the relative size of Victoria at that time."[1]

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Coordinates: 48°25′24″N 123°21′45″W / 48.423299°N 123.362571°W / 48.423299; -123.362571