Nelson Daily News - Nelson, BC
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N 49° 29.438 W 117° 17.831
11U E 478477 N 5482041
Quick Description: This substantial looking beige brick building is at 266 Baker Street on the west end of downtown.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 8/1/2013 11:04:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMHPXG
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
The B & W photo was taken in the early 1960s, the colour photo in July of 2013. Both were taken from the street, just off the sidewalk and just to the west of the building, looking southeast. The source for the photo says that it was taken in 1952, but the car in the corner of the photo is early to mid 1960s, so we'll have to go with that.

Constructed in 1899 for the London & British Columbia Goldfields Co. Ltd., the building achieved its lasting name when purchased by the Nelson Daily News in 1908. It was designed by local architect Arthur Edward Hodgins and built by the firm of Ellis and Martin. It is, at present, partially empty and partially occupied by a hair salon.

From the Nelson Heritage Register, 2011, number 11, page 20:

The Nelson Daily News building is a substantial two-storey brick building on the south side of the 200 Block of Baker Street in Nelson, B.C.

The Nelson Daily News Building is important for its aesthetic and historical significance, but primarily for its cultural and social value as the former home of the local news organization.

Designed by local architect and former city engineer Arthur Edward Hodgins and built by the firm Ellis and Martin for London & British Columbia Goldfields Co. Ltd., the building, constructed in 1899, is an example of building development in the city financed through funds from the promotion of local mining ventures. The building was purchased by The Daily News in 1908.

The building, with the 1927 single-storey western addition built to house The Daily News’ commercial printing department, presents two distinct yet formally related parts. It makes a strong contribution to the sawtooth pattern of facade heights along Baker street that is characteristic of commercial streets dating from this time. The original building and its eastern and western additions are important both for their compatible front facade materials, design, and detailing, as well as the unbroken brick sidewalls with stepped parapet tops typical of masonry buildings of this era.

The building is of historical and cultural value as it was the long-running location for The Daily News offices, a major cultural institution in the independent-minded city until July 2010, and was for some years the home of radio station CKLN.

The interiors are important for the extent of the original paneling, trim, and details.

Year photo was taken: 1960

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