(#5) 1328 Douglas Street

Date of construction 1878; Additions 1910

1328 Douglas st

This early Victoria building was built for grocer Thomas Nicholson. By 1885, it was used as a C.P.R. hotel with a dining room on the second floor. From 1887, it was the home of the Regent Saloon where notorious owner Bill Anderson was known to jump up on the bar and referee fights. On the second floor was Barney Levy’s cigar factory where his crew rolled “Pride of Victoria” cigars.

The building has been changed substantially over the years with an addition to the rear on 1910 and the addition of stucco to the brick facade. Several windows on the second floor have also been altered.


This Hallmark Heritage Society project was funded by the Hbc Foundation and the BC150-Heritage Legacy Fund

Project manager and researcher: Helen Edwards

Principal Photography & Consultant: Ron Bukta, West Ventures Photography

One comment on “(#5) 1328 Douglas Street

  1. Doug Levy

    Barnett (Barney) Levy is my great-grandfather. My grandfather is Freedman (Fred) Levy, born in Victora and emigrated to Napa, California, where my father was born and I was born. I have an original piece of sheet music written by Barney called Land of the Golden Poppy. Barney passed away before I was born, but by all accounts, he was a charming, fun-loving man. He wasn’t averse to taking a drink or two or more, which ultimately broke up his marriage.

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