The winner of Friday’s contest to name the location of Nanaimo’s now-absent Heritage Fly Museum is Nanaimo’s own Theresa Hood. Congratulations Theresa! Your prize of one micro-book from Pig Squash Press will be mailed shortly.
And the winning answer is: The old Buckerfield’s building on Selby Street, across the street from the historic Occidental Hotel. The Buckerfield’s building was demolished earlier this month, and along with it a piece of our collective history.
The Buckerfield’s building (seen from the back side along the railroad tracks in this photo)housed the Buckerfield’s Feed & Seed farm supply store for many decades in downtown Nanaimo. My best guess is that it was built in the 1920’s, based on the company history posted on the Buckerfield’s website (although the website does not actually mention this particular building). If anyone has more precise information about the age of the Buckerfield’s building on Selby, please post it as a comment.
When the Nanaimo Buckerfield’s moved out to Southgate Plaza a few years ago, their historic building on Selby Street was subsequently occupied by Shar-Kare Feed & Seed and Alex’s Therapeutic Garden Centre for a while. But the building had been standing vacant prior to its demolition.
The Heritage Fly Museum was located in the front window.