Item #4148 [Rattenbury] Photograph of 1898 Legislative Assembly and Premier on Stairs of New Parliament Buildings in Victoria, BC. BLACKIE, and/or possibly Miss E. M. Blackie, William Gourlie.
[Rattenbury] Photograph of 1898 Legislative Assembly and Premier on Stairs of New Parliament Buildings in Victoria, BC

[Rattenbury] Photograph of 1898 Legislative Assembly and Premier on Stairs of New Parliament Buildings in Victoria, BC

Victoria, BC: Blackie, 1898. Mounted Photograph. This photo was taken on the front stairs of the newly constructed British Columbia Parliament Buildings, officially opened February 10th, 1898. It contains a number of recognizable MPs, officials and Page Boys. Two of gentleman standing in the front row are John Herbert Turner, who served as the 11th premier of BC from March, 1895 to August, 1898, and Charles Augustus Semlin, who served as the 12th premier of BC from August, 1898 until February 1900. A large format gelatin silver photograph measuring 9.5 x 11.5 inches wide, mounted onto the photographer's printed card (measuring 13 x 15.75 inches wide) captioned "Blackie / Victoria West, B.C. / Parliament of British Columbia, 1898." Photo w. some scratches and tiny stains, card w. rubs and wear, stains and a pin hole at one corner, verso w. some notations in pencil. Very Good. Item #4148

" After a year-long competition , a 25 year old architect, Francis Mawson Rattenbury, was chosen in March 1892 to design B.C.’s new Parliament Buildings. Construction began in 1893 , partly to try to boost a stagnant economy. Every effort was made to use local materials and resources - granite foundations from Nelson Island, site facades from Haddington Island stone, and local brick, limestone, and Douglas fir for the construction work. The total cost was not to exceed $600,000. When the Buildings were completed four years later , amid much controversy and argument, the total cost came to $923,882.30." leg dot bc dot ca.

Price: $450.00 CAD  other currencies