713-715 Johnson Street in downtown Victoria was designed and built in 1908 by architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins for William James Mable (died 1938, aged 76), a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1 in Victoria. This City of Victoria Heritage Building is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
William Mable used the building for his carriage making business, Mable Carriage Works. Signs for William Mables’ carriage making business are still visible below the roof line on the east wall of the building.
We have heard that architects Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins were both Freemasons but at this time we have not been able to confirm this. We will add pages on Thomas Hooper and C. Elwood Watkins if we discover that either or both of them were Freemasons.
Here is a map showing the location of 713-715 Johnson Street in downtown Victoria.
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