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City of Victoria fonds Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department
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601 Cook Street

Consists of application by A.J. Johnston to connect house at 601 Cook Street to sewer.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Advertising signage photographs

Series consists of photographs of advertising billboards and other signage in the downtown area, James Bay, and Vic West.

The photographs were, in all probability, taken as supporting evidence for proposed amendments to the 1963 sign bylaw (no. 5335). The amendments contained in bylaw no. 6418, which would purge Victoria of all commercial billboards over a 3-year period as well as restrict the number, size and content, was passed by Council 10 August 1972. All photographs were taken between 8 May and 11 May 1972.

Each image has a general view in Polaroid format and a close up view in standard 35 mm format.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Applications for plumbing and sewer connections

Series consists of plumbing and sewer connection applications pertaining to buildings that no longer exist in their original location, having been demolished, moved, or burned (applications pertaining to existing buildings are in the custody of Permits and Inspection).

There are six different kinds of records in this series, all of them used (and filed) together in administering plumbing and sewerage connection applications: Application to connect with sewer; Application to construct plumbing; Application to connect with public surface drains; Application to connect with public surface drains or septic tank; Application to connect with holding tank; and Application to connect house sewers temporarily to public surface water drains. Each application consists of a form and a basic plan of the structure (on linen). The plans show the location of the bathroom(s) and kitchen and indicate where the house plumbing connects to the main sewer. Some applications contain more detailed plans showing elevations, alterations, and additions, as well as correspondence.

The first application to connect to the sewer was made on 1 December 1892.

The design of the forms and the information collected changed over time. Sample data elements for several periods are provided below.

Sample Data Elements:

December 1892 - April 1893

Location of property
Legal description
Date
Owners name
Owners address*
Architect name*
Architect address
Plumber name
Plumber address
Builder name
Builder address
Purpose of building
No. of houses connected
Signature of owner
Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner.
**Not necessarily the architect of the building. Since many of the buildings had already been built when indoor plumbing became available, an architect was often hired to incorporate the plumbing into the existing structure.

April 1893 - October 1895

Location of property
Legal description
Owners name
Owners address
Architect name
Architect address
Pipe layer name
Pipe layer address
Builder name
Builder address
Purpose of building
How many buildings
The street on which main sewer is located
Signature of owner
Date
Signature of Agent for owner

Report and recommendation of Inspector
Signature of inspector
Date

Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner. Not necessarily the architect of the building. Since many of the buildings had already been built when indoor plumbing became available, an architect was often hired to incorporate the plumbing into the existing structure. Agents signing for owner include: spouse, contractor, architect, plumber and others.

October 1895 - December 1911

Location of property
Legal description
Owners name*
Owners address
Pipe layer name
Pipe layer address
Plumber name
Plumber address
Purpose of building
How many buildings
The street on which main sewer is located
Signature of owner
Date
Signature of Agent for owner**
Report and recommendation of Inspector
Signature of inspector
Date

*Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner.
**Agents signing for owner include: spouse, contractor, architect, plumber and others.

January 1912 - 1950s

Location of property
Legal description
Owners name*
Owners address
Pipe layer name
Pipe layer address
Plumber name
Plumber address
Purpose of building
How many buildings
The street on which main sewer is located
A schedule setting out the class and position of plumbing fixtures
Signature of owner
Date
Signature of Agent for owner**
Report and recommendation of Inspector
Signature of inspector
Date
A receipt for a sum as required by the application

*Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner.
**Agents signing for owner include: spouse, contractor, architect, plumber and others

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Construction permits and demolition reports

Series consists of monthly reports submitted by the Engineering Department to the Dominion Bureau of Statistics.

The information provided includes (where appropriate) name of building owner or applicant, location, type of use, kind of work to be done, value of construction, and number of new dwellings created.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Demolished building photographs

Series consists of photographs of buildings taken at the time a building permit application for demolition was submitted.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Demolished building plans

Series consists of files pertaining to residential and commercial buildings demolished in Victoria.

The files generally consist of architectural plans and supplementary textual records deposited with or created by the Engineering or Planning Departments as part of the building permit approval process.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Engineering Department aerial photographs

Series consists of several sets of aerial photography of Victoria used for mapping reference. The photographs pertain mainly to the City of Victoria proper, although there are some of Thetis Lake, Prospect Lake, Elk and Beaver Lakes, and Saanich.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Engineering Department letters and reports

Series consists of letters and reports sent outward from the Engineering Department to other City agencies and the general public regarding all aspects of departmental operations.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Engineering Department letters and reports index

Series consists of an index to the Engineering Department letters and reports (CR-0289).

The index consists of yearly volumes that provide references to document numbers, file numbers, and topics. Topical searches will yield document numbers pointing to specific letters or reports.

Letters and reports indexed for 1970-1972 are not in archival custody.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Engineering Department letters received

Series consists of letters received by the Engineering Department from other City agencies and departments, other governments, and the private sector.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Johnson Street Bridge daily log book

Series consists of a record of railway and navigation traffic using and requiring operation of the Johnson Street Bascule Bridge.

Includes daily information on the time the bridge was raised, for what vessel, and whether it was entering or leaving the Upper Harbour. Also includes the time trains passed over the bridge, their name or a description of them, and whether they were entering or leaving the downtown area. In addition, there are notes on bridge maintenance, weather, and various other matters.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Johnson Street Bridge files

Series consists of records pertaining to operation and maintenance of the Johnson Street Bridge. Includes correspondence, maintenance files, and cement test results.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Local improvement bylaws index

Series consists of an index to local improvement bylaws pertaining to street work such as sewers, paving, lighting, and sidewalks.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Site plans of Methodist churches

Series consists of original linen and blueprint plans of various Victoria Methodist churches, as surveyed by the Engineering and Surveys Division.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Soldiers Settlement Housing plans

Series consists of plans, specifications, receipts and correspondence for homes built under the Better Housing and Soldiers Settlement Housing Acts. Information contained in these records include: plan number, permit number, legal description, civic address, name of owner, architect, contractor and tradesmen.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Survey field books

Series consists of various types of survey books, mainly field books, used by surveyors for making notes when determining elevations of land and locations of natural and manmade features of the landscape.

The field books contain notes on numerous topics such as land benchmarks (elevations), monument locations and topography, centerlines, flowlines, road straightening lines, and city boundary lines. In addition to the notes and measurements, many of the field books contain such information as diagrams, sketches, profiles, and drawings of various streets, sidewalks, buildings and waterways.

The “Description” column of the location list may refer to more than one numerical reference per book. In such cases, the first number in the description refers to a stamp on the cover of the volume apparently added by the Engineering Department sometime after the volumes were initially created. The description may also contain the name of the surveyor and the number he assigned the volume, separated by a dash. For example, "46; D.A. Rose - No. 5" refers to volume 46 in the overall departmental arrangement, which is D.A. Rose's personal book number 5.

Notes regarding topics of interest within individual volumes are located in the “Description” column of the list with in parentheses.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department