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Morris Tobacconists

1116 Government Street, Victoria, Colombie-Britannique, V8W, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1975/11/27

Exterior view of Morris Tobacconists, 2004.; City of Victoria, Liberty Walton, 2004.
Front elevation
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Autre nom(s)

Morris Tobacconists
E.A. Morris Tobacconists
E.A. Morris Building
Old Morris Tabacconist

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/08/17

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

Morris Tobacconists is a two-storey Georgian Style commercial building on Government Street.

Valeur patrimoniale

Morris Tobacconists is valued as the home of one of Victoria's oldest businesses, and as a rare surviving example of an early twentieth century retail interior in the city. Commissioned by businessman E.A. Morris, and completed c. 1910, it is significant that E.A. Morris, Tobacconist Ltd. (est. 1892) continues to conduct business from this site today. Designed by architect Thomas Hooper, the value of this unique building lies in its Georgian exterior and interior elements and detailing, and in its lavish building materials such as marble, onyx, and mahogany, which provide an excellent representation of the quaint high Victorian 'gentlemen's club' image suited to the typically male patrons of this specialty shop. Morris Tobacconists presents a unique contribution to the Government Street streetscape in its alluring shop front, gentlemanly facade and its masculine interior atmosphere.

Source: City of Victoria Planning and Development Department

Éléments caractéristiques

The character-defining elements of Morris Tobacconists include:
- the two-storey massing, and form articulated by strong proportions;
- the contribution of the façade to the Government Street streetscape, as seen in the distinctive street front facade characterized by such elements as large display windows and the exterior cladding and decorative materials, such as glazed tile, Mexican onyx, and leaded glass;
- the Georgian Style exterior elements such as the bilateral symmetry, the arched exterior doorway and semi-circular bracketed cornice, and the rusticated columns;
- the interior elements, such as the mahogany columns and pediment of the humidor, wall panelling, and display cases; wall mirrors, and leaded mirror domes in the ceiling;
- the onyx electrolier.




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (C.-B.)

Loi habilitante

Local Government Act, art.967

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation patrimoniale

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction



Commerce / Services commerciaux
Magasin ou commerce de vente au détail

Architecte / Concepteur

Thomas Hooper


Luney Brothers

Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

City of Victoria Planning and Development Department

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Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




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