516 1st Avenue – Main Street Building

The Mainstreet Building at 512-516 1st Avenue in downtown Ladysmith was built as a commercial building in 1922.

It is currently occupied by Pemberton Holmes Real Estate,

516 1st Avenue in downtown Ladysmith.
516 1st Avenue in downtown Ladysmith.

The Mainstreet Building at 512-516 1st Avenue was added to the Ladysmith Community Heritage Register in 2010. It was sold for $350,000 on 20 February 2017.

Here is a map showing the location of 516 1st Avenue:

Here is a Google Street View image of 516 1st Avenue:

Description of the Historic Place

The Mainstreet Building is a two-storey, brick, Edwardian Classical Revival style commercial building located on the west side of
Ladysmith’s main commercial street. The historic place is confined to the building footprint.

Heritage Value

Built in 1922, the Mainstreet Building is an excellent example of an Edwardian era Classical Revival style commercial building. The building’s symmetrical façade, pilasters, and highly decorative
capitals are all typical elements of this style. The building also features exceptional multi-coloured, decorative brickwork.

The Mainstreet Building is part of a grouping of largely intact historic buildings in Ladysmith’s commercial core. Situated mid-block, the building is part of an almost continuous city block of similarly proportioned historic buildings that collectively create a cohesive streetscape.

The Mainstreet Building has been in continuous use as a commercial building since its construction. Although the building is among the youngest on this city block, it speaks to the ongoing commercial development of the area and contributes to the heritage character of the area.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Mainstreet Building include:

  • – all of the elements of the Classical Revival Style building as expressed in the simple form and massing, flat roof, symmetrical, three bay, multi-coloured brick façade, pilasters topped by large, decorative capitals, distinctive checkerboard brickwork below the simple cornice, contrasting colour brick quoining around the second-storey windows, leaded glass in the upper sashes of the wood-framed second storey windows and the arrangement of the windows and doors at the street level
  • – continuous commercial use
  • – the building’s location within a group of similarly proportioned commercial buildings on the town’s main commercial street
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