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Nanaimo Heritage Days

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May 21 and 22 are termed Heritage days, formerly referred to as Empire Days, a good reason to sketch heritage buildings. The retail building at the corner of Fitzwilliam and Wesley street is called the S&W Apartment Block in the City’s heritage register. The accompanying  photograph in this register shows very different colours than what is there now.


403 – 409 Fitzwilliam Street.

The other building in the same area called “The old City Quarters” is the recently renovated train station, currently in use as a bar and restaurant, as passenger trains are no longer running on the E&N railway. I sketched the back of the building facing the railway. There is two hour parking permitted on both sides of Selby Street, which makes it is difficult to find a convenient vantage spot for the front elevation, unless you work from your car yourself. However this time of the year I want to sit oufside.


Nanaimo train station




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