Victoria City Hall

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Victoria City Hall
Exterior view of red-brick Victoria City Hall with clock tower
Exterior view of Victoria City Hall
General information
TypeSeat of local government
Architectural styleSecond Empire
Location1 Centennial Square
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1P6
Coordinates48°25′42″N 123°21′53.46″W / 48.42833°N 123.3648500°W / 48.42833; -123.3648500Coordinates: 48°25′42″N 123°21′53.46″W / 48.42833°N 123.3648500°W / 48.42833; -123.3648500
OwnerCity of Victoria
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn Teague
Official nameVictoria City Hall National Historic Site of Canada

Victoria City Hall is the city hall for Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is located at the corner of Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue in Downtown Victoria. It is home to the Victoria City Council. It was completed in 1890. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1977 and was also designated as a heritage site by the municipality in 1979.[1][2]


Architect John Teague designed Victoria's City Hall, which is considered "one of the best surviving examples of Second Empire-style public architecture in Western Canada." The earliest surviving municipal hall has a foot 105 tall Gillet and Johnson clock tower, three types of facades, tall windows, pedimented dormer windows and a metal mansard roof. The exterior is constructed of concrete, brick and stone. The Second Empire style reflects a change in the design and construction of governmental buildings, intended to symbolize the government's growth and power. It was constructed from 1878 to 1891 at Pandora Avenue and Douglas Street.[2]

Centennial Square[edit]

City Hall is a landmark in Victoria's Old Town District that in 1963 was nearly razed to make way for the Centennial Square, but is now an important historical building there.[2]

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