George Charles Mesher was a member of Victoria Columbia Lodge, No.1 as well as being a prominent architect and builder in Victoria, B.C. His construction firm built our Duncan Masonic Temple in 1912.
His father, George Mesher Sr., was also a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge, No.1. George Mesher Sr. was also a building contractor and George C. Mesher was in a business partnership with his father in a building contracting company until his father’s death in 1912.
It is possible that George C. Mesher also designed our Duncan Masonic Temple but we are unable to say that with certainty because we do not have the original architectural plans for the Duncan Masonic Temple building. Our surviving Lodge records simply say the the plans for the Duncan Masonic Temple were presented to the Lodge by Christopher Dobson and the Duncan Masonic Temple was built by George C. Mesher’s construction company. It is possible that those “plans” were the work of George Charles Mesher but we cannot state that with any certainty.
Here are some other extant buildings designed by George C. Mesher:
The building at 718 Yates Street, Victoria, B.C. was designed by George C. Mesher in 1913 for the Metropolis Hotel Company. It has since been renovated into provincial government offices and the exterior has been significantly altered from the original design.
Here are some other sites with information about George Charles Mesher:
- Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada
- Hallmark Society – Victoria, B.C.
- Canada’s Historic Places
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