Rossland Heritage Buildings - Rossland, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 04.616 W 117° 48.017
11U E 441555 N 5436316
Quick Description: In these photos are at least four of Rossland's many heritage buildings.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 6/29/2013 9:26:55 PM
Waymark Code: WMHE8B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member condor1
Views: 5

Long Description:
The first is the Bank of Montreal at the left of the pic.
Built between 1898 and 1899, the bank was only one of five major Canadian banks competing in Rossland. This magnificent brick building provided a refreshing permanence amongst a sea of wooden structures. The cornerstone bears the altitude bench mark of 3410 ft above sea level. F.M. Rattenbury, the architect, also designed the Parliament buildings in Victoria. J.S.C. Fraser, a colourful relative of Simon Fraser, was the first Bank Manager.

Next is the Post Office, the red brick building rising above its neighbours, barely visible at the far right, more visible in the pic than the postcard.
David Stussi, Rossland’s first Postmaster, had a grocery store and rough post office located in a log cabin on the present site of The Garage Restaurant. He placed the mail in a cheese box behind the door and each man sorted his own mail.
In 1901, construction of Rossland’s present Post Office, the fifth in Rossland’s history, began under the direction of Thomas Bradbury. Firmly anchored with granite blocks from a city quarry, the foundation envelopes the window on the ground floor. Composed of brick the second storey displays an oriel window. The third story and Gothic roof were destroyed by the March 1929 fire.

In 1929 fire destroyed the rest of this block, leaving only the Bank of Montreal at the west end of the block and a badly damaged Post Office at the east end.

Immediately right of the Bank of Montreal building, on the skyline, is a black topped tower. It is the hose tower of the old Fire Hall-City Hall, completed in 1900.
One of the prime reasons for Rossland’s incorporation in 1897 was the growing need for better fire protection. In early 1900, construction of the brick building was completed. The three large arched doors guaranteed quick departure from the hall. Horses, which pulled the hose carts, were kept in stables in the back and men had quarters on the floor above.

To the right of the Fire Hall is a red roofed Church with a very tall steeple. This is the St. Andrew's United Church.
This building was constructed in 1898 as a Presbyterian Church under the direction of Rev. Gandier. In 1917, factions of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches merged to form the United Church of Canada. The bell for the "new" United Church came from the Methodist church. The first Presbyterian service in Rossland was held by Rev. Robertson in a store on Sourdough Alley using planks laid on kegs for seats.

Physical Address:
2000 Block
Rossland, BC Canada

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Description of Postcard Location:
South side of Columbia Avenue, opposite Washington Street, looking north east.

Parking Coorddinates: N 49° 04.606 W 117° 48.012

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