B.C. Parliament Buildings, officially opened in 1898, and the aristocratic ivy-covered Fairmont Empress, designed by renowned architect Francis Mawson Rattenbury, opened in 1908 as one of the grand and elegant Canadian Pacific Railway hotels.
It was March 1892 that Rattenbury; then just 25 years old, was chosen after a year-long Competition to design BC's new Parliament Buildings.
Construction began in 1893 using mostly local materials and resources. Granite foundations came from Nelson Island, facades were faced in Haddington Island stone and brick, lime and Douglas fir all came from Vancouver Island.
The total cost when the project was completed in 1897 was $923,882 - well above the $600,000 budget.
In 1915, additions were completed to the East and West Annexes as well as the south wing, housing the magnificent Legislative Library, with its elegant marble-panelled rotunda.
These days, free guided tours provide a fascinating look at the craftmanship and architectural detail inside.
Fondest memory: There are many things to get up-too in this city. Even during the winter, when other places have shut down, you can usually find something to occupy your mind (and wallet). Most things are within walking distance of the Inner harbour, so easy to locate.
There are too many things to do!
And all what I've done there is my favourite, I'm in love with that place forever!
Inner Harbour is beautiful and there are many attractions...
Fondest memory: http://www.victoriabc.ca/victoria/parliamentbuildings.htm
For me, the icon of Victoria was not the imposing Empress Hotel, but rather the more graceful Parliament Building. This building didn't crowd the harbour, being set back behind a pleasant grassy lawn. Tourists and locals alike could relax on the lawn in front of the building and enjoy the summer sun, watched over by a rather young looking Queen Victoria.
The government buildings are a picturesque sight at night when the building is set alight by thousands of light bulbs festooned around it like Christmas decorations.
Fondest memory: Inside the Parliament Buildings you can learn a little about the history of Victoria. You will also notice that Victoria indeed has a strong British connection. There were many royal visits to this area of British Columbia including Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Favorite thing: Another landmark in Victoria - the Parliament Buildings. Located on the Inner Harbor, the exterior is elaborately carved and surrounded by 12 acres of lawns, gardens, statues, totem poles. Guided tours are given daily in the summer in several languages. At night the building is lit up with thousands of white lights.
Fondest memory: One of my best experiences was when I was the Leader of the Opposition in the 66th Session of B.C.Y.P. We had some fantastic times! I'll never forget our Scottish sitting when all of us dressed in kilts. The guys looked HILARIOUS walking towards the legislature in their trenchcoats...looked like a bunch of flashers! It was a fantastic time!
Fondest memory: Standing on the grounds of the Parliament Buildings, you will feel that you are in Europe. The architecture of the Parliament Buildings is simply amazing. I just loved the atmosphere.
Favorite thing: visit the BC Parliament Buildings located on the harbour. Remember, Victoria is British Columbia's capital city and in this building the province's government affairs take place.