I suspect I still have a touch of the fever here in the swamp today at The Hollow, so I apologize in advance if I seem a little loopy. Well, at least more loopy than usual. Today’s post focuses on a wonderful old heritage building located in Esquimalt, BC on Vancouver Island in Canada. This little district is situated just outside the greater Victoria area and is full of local families and hard-working folks who are enjoying the surroundings of the island and all it has to offer.
So, when I heard the municipal hall was about to be torn down, I grabbed my trusty camera and hopped right to it. Nothing bugs me more than missing a chance to document one of these old heritage buildings before it disappears… Lord knows I’ve encountered this problem more than once before. “Hey, wasn’t there a cool old building here just yesterday?” Not this time; not with the Esquimalt Municipal Hall.
Rezoning Application is really code for “about to be destroyed” in these parts. This shot says it all, really… a close look at the wall there reveals a board that once had the label “Esquimalt Municipal Hall” affixed to it, now just a shadow and a ghost of this sign. The wall itself really shows a weathered facade due to years of island living. It ain’t easy being a building here in the rain forest, that’s for sure.
This is definitely my favorite image from this series. Here we get a pretty clear look at the building itself, and the classical and typical architectural styling for Vancouver Island historically. The Totem Pole graces the front lawn, adding a huge element of interest and the bright green bushes peppered with red from the flowers there is a last-minute, bittersweet look at this old historic site.
All of this will be just a pile of dirt in a few short weeks.
As we work our way around back of the building, we see a stark presence in a little alley-way. Here we can see a lot of wear and decay from years of hard weather. I am sure these are all just a few outwardly clues to the true condition of the building which I have heard is full of mold and in very poor shape; currently it is not suitable for use.
Just behind the image shown above is this storage facility. The murals of the Killer Whales are really well done and it’s a bit of a shame to think they will soon be gone forever. This storage facility is not in the best shape, but is full of interesting artifacts and elements to take in.
In this picture, we can take a closer look at the mural. Sure, the building may not be new by any stretch of the imagination, but it doesn’t really appear to be falling down or anything remotely close to that. I had heard there was a house here that the city had bought years ago, and the house was slated for demolition as well. I couldn’t find this house for certain, but believe this maybe a part of it… I could totally be wrong here, but the site is not that large… you’d think it would be pretty hard to hide a whole house here.
I wasn’t going to originally post this image due to the sun spot there, but the painted mural was such an interesting piece I decided to include this in our series today, for the sake of completeness of documenting the facility before its final curtain call…
This is the other side of the above storage facility. I just love those old-fashioned garage doors and all the wear and weathering you see on them. To me it looks like this building was added onto numerous times during its lifespan, and each piece didn’t necessarily adhere to the previous bits architectural styling or features.
I totally understand why this facility needs to be brought down and rebuilt. It’s just the documentation of these old structures is very compelling to us here at The Hollow and we love to grab images of things before they disappear forever. This leads me to a melancholy state at times, as I just love the look and feel of history. It’s bigger than me, I feel absolutely compelled to photograph these buildings.
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