Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
The mineral wealth generated by the Silver King Mine stimulated the construction of Nelson's large inventory of Victorian buildings.
Many fine homes and ornate commercial buildings were erected in the late 19th and early 20th century, and they all have a story to tell.
Victorian Heritage Buildings
In the early days, in typical boomtown style, wood frame buildings were hastily constructed in close proximity to one another. After a couple of devastating fires, Nelson's first City Council passed a bylaw requiring all buildings in the downtown core to be constructed of non-combustible materials.
This led to the construction of the many elegant brick and stone Victorian structures. Several, including the 1909 Beaux Arts Chateau-style Courthouse and the Italianate Bank of Montreal, were designed by Francis Rattenbury, best known for British Columbia's parliament buildings in Victoria.