Old tenement house remains on Cochrane Street [????- ]
These old house remains can be found on Cochrane Street right next to the escalator. The area is fenced off on Cochrane Street side but one can find a small alleyway beside No.108-110 Wellington Street to get close to the site. According to our map search and study of the building materials, they appear to be remains of 19th-century tenement houses built side-by-side and back-to-back, between Cochrane Street and Gutzlaff Street. The parts which are revealed could be the kitchens (cookhouses) of the Gutzlaff Street houses. Tim Ko, a local historican, estimated that these houses could date back to the mid 19th century - possibly the oldest surviving residential houses in the area. They were built with grey bricks with granite foundations. There could be enclosed space within the structure which will need an archaeological investigation.
Can members provide more information about these houses? We are hoping to date these houses more accurately and to know more about them. Cochrane Street and Gutzlaff Street are some of the oldest streets in the City of Victoria and the area was developed early in the coloinal period.
Identification of these houses are important to establish their significance and potential for preservation.