642-650 Columbia Street
Dupont Block (1899)
Victorian Italiannate style
Designated 2003 November 17

Built by architect George W. Grant, its construction is concrete, brick, and stone with three storeys and a basement. The exterior design features a corner facade and arched windows. The side and rear facades feature an ornamental cornice and half-moon windows. The style, colour, scale, and festration maintain the character of the Main Street Precinct and the corner facade helps to relate the Block to the buildings opposite. The building has been altered at street level. Some of the original detail can be seen in the upper, side and rear facades. The building was renovated in 1986 and 1990, resulting in the removal of the street front additions that were incompatible to the building. The building is now used for office and retail uses.

City Directory Entries - 1925 to 1975

1925: 642 Vacant
646 Chong Hee Market (Chong Hee, Yee, Fat) fruit stand and produce
650 Newitt, W.S. dentist
1935: 642 Vacant
646 Chong Hee Market fruit and produce
650 Newitt, W.S. dentist
1945: 642 Sally Shops women's clothing
646 Chong Hee Market fruit and produce
1955: 642 Sally Shops ladies' wear
646 Agnew-Surpass Shoe Stores
650 - 1 Mayfair Beauty Salon
- Personal Financial loans
1965: 642 Sally Shops ladies' wear
646 Agnew-Surpass Shoe Stores
650 - Mayfair Beauty Salon
1975: 642 Sally Shops ladies' wear
646 Not listed
650 - Mayfair Beauty Salon
2 -Vacant

 

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