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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 Fourth Street Store
Address: 423 Fourth Street
Architectural Style: Boomtown False Front
Building Use: Commercial
Year of Construction: 1910
Builder or Architect: Unknown
Protected Heritage Property: No

Heritage Value Statement
Built around 1910, the Fourth Street Store Building represents a type of building that was once common throughout the city but had all but disappeared by the 1950s. By that time, the small corner store, typically staffed by a family who also lived in the building, was in decline and would soon be almost wholly replaced by supermarkets, shopping centres and chain outlets. In substantially original condition, this building is the most intact early commercial-residential building in the Harewood area.



The Fourth Street Store Building is an excellent example of a simple, vernacular Boomtown or False-Front style structure. The false front facade increased the apparent size of the building and provided ample space for a large painted sign while the large windows at the ground level provided a showcase for goods display.



The height of the Fourth Street Store Building, particularly in relation to the smaller residential buildings that surround it, and its siting very close to the street make it a neighbourhood landmark.


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