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Hart Building
The Hart’s Block at 529-539 Herald Street is a City of Victoria Heritage building, built in 1891 for Michael Hart, who used it as a livery stable and carriage repair shop. The two wider carriage doors were to allow horses and carriages to enter and exit the building and are still a primary architectural feature of the Herald Street facade. Raven Metal Products was tasked to re-create the original cornice work with historical accuracy. There is a common internal passageway called Blood Alley that connects 532-536 Fisgard Street, the Quan Yeun Yen building and the Hart’s Block. After November 1910, the Hart’s Block passed into the possession of Canadian Chinese business owners. It was used for various functions over the years, including laundries and a notorious brothel, which was run on the second floor circa 1920’s. One remaining feature of the second floor brothel was a partitioning of the rooms by two connecting closets, through which people could move between rooms without being seen in the main corridors. courtesy www.victoriaonlinesightseeing.com
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