The BC Parliament Buildings in Victoria were constructed in 1893 by a young 25 year old creative architect, imagine that - just 25, by the name of Francis Rattenbury in honor of celebrating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Arguments arose of course, but soon the controversy was put aside and the Parliament Buildings were finally completed in 1915 with great anticipation. The Province of British Columbia now had an official residence for the B.C. Parliament and a home for the Provincial Legislation to assemble and discuss ways of boosting the lagging local economy at the time.
Francis Rattenbury and his crew focused the construction of the BC Parliament Buildings using, as much as possible, local materials, resources and expertise - supporting the local businesses was very important then and it is still now. Granite rock foundations were brought in from nearby Nelson Island, the site facades locally imported from Haddington Island and much of the local brick, lime and Douglas Fir were from Vancouver Island.
Even back then, Victoria BC dealt with construction over runs and controversy as the construction costs ballooned to just under 1 Million Dollars opposed to the $600,000 budgeted for the project. Big bucks back then, I'd say.
The BC Parliament Buildings, today, run visitor tours daily during the summer months. Usually the tours run between May long weekend and Labour Day long weekend in September.
When visiting the capital city of Victoria, the BC Parliament Building tours can translate the Victoria tour into French, German, Mandarin and Cantonese.
This is a very good description, Danny, if i visit any time British Columbia, i want to see this building... :-) Anka
Thanx Anka for the visit and nice comments. It has a lot of history, no doubt about it!
This is a very unique and unforgettable photo.
Kind regards to you,
muy bonitas todas tus fotos .
un gran abrazo,-----domingo---
Gracias Domingo por sus amables palabras y opiniones. Cheers to you, Danny
Danny beautiful building and photo.
Thanx Teresa, sent you some links, and hope you enjoy them!Voted best of on your last sunset.. 14 Aug09. Cheers Danny
Wonderful view great photo. Congratulations !
por esta foto,
muy bonita rebonita,
un saludo desde españa.
What an excellent night shot!
Greetings from Port Moody, Gabe
Yeah Gabe, not to shabby , best picture I've ever taken of this building and got all 3000 lights , I think? Cheers from Cloverdale, Danny
Very nice shot Danny, and thanks for the history lesson. I assume this is what you meant by "across the water" from my Sequim pictures?
Regards ... Bryan
Well not here , but at McNeill Bay on the east side of Victoria, (page 1 picture) looks across to Port Angeles. and your lighthose if you have a good set of bino's. Cheers Danny
Very nice Danny
Great night shot
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