Earl Block


The Earl Block is significant as the only surviving example of the many Italianate style buildings that predominated at this downtown intersection by the late 19th century. Built in 1888 during the economic boom precipitated by the completion of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway and the expansion of the No. 1 Coal Mine, this highly detailed brick building speaks to the mood of prosperity and possibility prevalent at the time. It is an important tangible reminder of Nanaimo's economic heritage.

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2 Church Street
V9R 5H4

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