Mara-Barnard Block - Nelson, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII
N 49° 29.500 W 117° 17.702
11U E 478633 N 5482156
Quick Description: Addresses 421 to 431 Baker Street will allow one to find this Queen Anne styled building.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 9/6/2020 1:45:31 PM
Waymark Code: WM13374
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
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Long Description:
The building gets its name by having been built in 1897 by John Burns for J.A. Mara and F.S. Barnard. The architect, an obvious adherent to the Queen Anne style, was local architect, Arthur Hodgins.

This building was originally home to the Merchant’s Bank of Halifax, and later the province’s first branch of the Royal Bank. This came about when the Merchant’s Bank of Halifax, in order to avoid confusion with the Merchants Bank of Canada, adopted the name "The Royal Bank of Canada" in 1901. For several years, beginning in 1900, the building housed the local offices of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which operated both a railway here and paddle wheelers on Kootenay Lake.

See more of the history of the Royal Bank.
Mara-Barnard Block
The Mara-Barnard Block is a decorative, two-story castiron and masonry building mid-block on the north side of Baker Street in Nelson, B.C.

The Mara-Barnard Block is important for its historical and aesthetic values, particularly for its contribution to the Baker Street streetscape through its elaborately detailed facade.

Constructed in 1897, he Mara-Barnard Block is important for its relationship to well-known local builders and businessmen. It was designed by Arthur Hodgins architect, a local surveyor and civil engineer who began his career in Nelson supervising public infrastructure projects beginning in 1890, including the government wharf and street grading for the growing city.

The building was constructed by John Burns for F.S. Barnard and J.A. Mara. Mara was at one time the president of the Columbia & Kootenay Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. Although non-residents, their investment reveals the importance of Nelson’s promising future as the Queen City. The personnel offices of the Canadian Pacific Railway occupied the building beginning in 1900.

The building is important for its early construction date and as the home of the Merchant’s Bank of Halifax, later the province’s first branch of the Royal Bank.

The building’s lavish high Victorian-era style contributes substantially to the interest of the streetscape. While its front facade is symmetrical, it exhibits the exuberant detailing and embellishments typical of a Queen Anne commercial building. Its form is important both for its front facade materials, its design, and its detailing, as well as the two bay windows, the only ones remaining in Nelson’s downtown.
From the City of Nelson Heritage Register, Page 88
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421-431 Baker Street
Nelson, BC
V1L 4H7

Heritage Registry Page Number: Not listed

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