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Heritage Register

Heritage Register

The City of Nanaimo's Community Heritage Register was adopted by Council resolution on 2002-Oct-07. The buildings, structures and sites listed on the Register are based on an inventory completed in 1998 and updated in 2001.

The Heritage Register outlines the history and significance of individual buildings, structures and sites. Additional information on individual resources may also be found in the Register files, and in the Nanaimo Heritage Inventory Technical Report. The management recommendations may be found in the City of Nanaimo Heritage Action Plan report. The 1998 inventory and 2001 update add to the scope of several previous inventories that date back over twenty years.

Building Details
Name Caldwell Block
Address: 35 Commercial Street
Architectural Style: Edwardian
Building Use: Commercial
Year of Construction: 1908
Builder or Architect: Unknown
Protected Heritage Property: Yes

Heritage Value Statement
Built in 1908, the Caldwell Block is a good example of a modest, vernacular Edwardian style commercial building. The original brick façade is obscured by stucco but some of its features, including a cornice with brackets and moulded fascia, are still visible. Traces of the painted Caldwell’s Clothing House sign, which occupied the building from at least 1920 until the late 1930s, are visible on the building’s east side. Despite alterations, the building has maintained its character and reinforces the Edwardian era appearance of the west side of Commercial Street.

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