Thanks for visiting again today, folks, we’ve got a pretty substantial post to share with everyone. We’re back in Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Today we’re going to look at some of the heritage and historically significant architecture that sits on 1st Avenue, the main downtown street.
This post is a continuation of our latest running photoblog series “The Toads Visit Ladysmith“, so please feel free to check the other posts if you are interested.
At the turn of the century as towns like this were popping up all over the landscape it was the hotels, saloons, post offices and general stores that were typically the first to be built. This is the Travellers Hotel, situated just a few hundred feet from the hotel we posted in yesterday photoblog. Beautiful brickwork creates the foundation for this iconic building, and all the art-deco type details that add further character really are wonderful. If you will carefully notice, the front facade of the building has what appears to be the same symbol as used by the Nazi’s in the 2nd world war. This hotel was designed and built before that party came into being, and at that time this symbol meant something completely different.
As we come around the building in these shots we see the myriad of colors and textures that the brickwork is composed of. This would be from repairs and/or additions being performed on the building.
This building once again is constructed with the fabulous brickwork we’ve come to know and love on the island. The lamps that hang above the entrance-ways are all of the old heritage design and add a strong element of nostalgia.
Tiny, tiny stores pepper the roadway as we stroll, and in this shot we also really notice the steep grade of the road. Given the age and the fact that these buildings are all living in a rain forest and in sometimes fairly harsh weather conditions, the overall condition is really excellent.
More stores, some big, some small. All very vibrant and colorful, even with the odd bit of weathering and wear exhibited with some. The awnings also are very reminiscent of an older time and further add to the historical feel you get while walking up and down the street.
Some of the storefronts are closed, waiting for new tenants. The yellow building here in the last shot is starting to really exhibit the effects of wear and weathering. If you look closely, the top section of the building appears as if it’s starting to crumble a bit. All these little items and details really serve to produce the sense of character one has while visiting. Some of these stores are full of items created by local artisans and crafts-people, all things which help make up the fabric of the town and surrounding area.
These last 2 pictures serve to show how steep the roadways are in town. This grade undoubtedly resulted in some pretty creative engineering in terms of design of the local buildings. With these shots, it almost looks like these windows were open before and at some point recently were boarded up. We could be totally wrong on that point, it just seemed that way. We also really, really loved the details and textures evident in the brickwork with this building, contrasted with the weathering that is slowly accumulating from years of extremely wet and damp weather.
Thanks for visiting today, we really do appreciate it! We’ve got some detailed shots of the artifacts that are placed about town, and some of them are truly one-of-a-kind items so please do stay tuned! We are looking forward to posting those shots in the coming days here. And as always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have.