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At 537 Johnson St, a 19th century heritage luxury and cozy suite! The Isabella Blue Suite was the residence of the original owners of BC’s oldest bakery, founded in 1887. The more than 100 year old original wall paper is charming.
Best location. 537 Johnson St, Centrally located in Victoria downtown area.
Newly installed double- pane windows!
Free- Secure Wi- Fi connection
Free digital cable television service
Free starter kit of house hold cleaning supplies
1887 character details including claw foot bathtub
Tastefully appointed rooms
Luxury king bed
Double pullout sofabed accommodating two more guests
Full kitchen and laundry
Front loading washer + dryer
Bright suite with large windows
Double pane windows
Centrally located in the heart of old town Victoria
Large screen wall-mounted TV
More information about Willie's Bakery & Cafe
DESCRIPTION OF HISTORIC PLACE
Willie's Bakery is a two-storey Italianate building located by the Johnson Street entrance to Waddington Alley. It can be identified by its bracketed cornice and ornately decorated mouldings above upper storey windows, and its cast iron storefront columns.
Willie's Bakery is important to the City of Victoria's heritage as a product of late nineteenth century entrepreneurship. Opened as a bakery by miller and baker Louis Wille in 1887, it provides an important reflection of a typical building and business that contributed to the city's boom time between 1886 and 1892, and supported the city's growth as the economic hub of British Columbia.
Custom-built by architect Elmer H. Fisher, it is notable that Willie's Bakery housed the oldest continuous bakery operation in British Columbia's history (Wille's Bakery, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)). The functional and attractive design is a reflection of the architectural idioms of the time, and illustrates the ability of the architect to articulate the enterprising success of its original owner. Likewise, the fact that this place saw a rebirth in 1989 as Willie's Bakery, after a 23-year hiatus, speaks to the importance of Old Town traditions and the suitability of the architecture to its original purpose.
An important example of intact nineteenth century Italianate architecture, Willie's Bakery also adds to Victoria's physical heritage. It survives as a significant piece of the city's commercial and architectural history, and plays an integral role in the continuity of downtown revitalization. It is a landmark at the Johnson Street entrance to Waddington Alley, and an important part of a precinct of rehabilitated and revitalized buildings which perpetuates the heritage of picturesque streetscapes and promotes urban livability.
Source: City of Victoria Planning and Development Department
The character-defining elements of Willie's Bakery include:
- Its location near the Johnson Street entrance to Waddington Alley.
- Its physical status as a prominent feature of the vista from the Johnson Street Bridge.
- Its two-storey height.
- Historic construction materials such as brick masonry and its sheet metal cornice.
- Its historic design intended for mixed use, with a utilitarian basement, storefront at street level, and living quarters upstairs.
- Its intact storefront, featuring such elements as cast-iron columns, and large windows with transoms.
- Its intact decorative facade detailing, including incised scrolled ornamentation on upper-storey window hoods, and ornate bracketed cornice.
- Its upper-storey double-hung wooden sash windows.
- Its ongoing use as a bakery.
Disponible para huéspedes
Walking distance to the water front, Victoria Harbour Ferry Stop, Harbour Air Seaplanes, Victoria Public Market, Victoria’s Central Business District, the heart of Victoria’s Historic Old Town and Market Square
No pets and no smoking is allowed in the suite
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I arrived at Victoria last February and love this Garden City. I have tried my best to make a home away home for guests. I understand what a guest is expecting from a host since I stayed in some vacation rentals when I traveled.
I am currently managing five suites, which are all well furnished and located in the heart of Victoria. Three of them are modern and two of them are heritage buildings.