Profiles of Historic Sites



Image courtesy Mission Community Archives

Mission Post Office


Location:
33191 First Avenue

Neighbourhood:
Downtown BIA

Date of Original Construction:
1935

Resource Type:
Government

Current Owner/Occupant:
Canada Post, Government of Canada


Site Description:

Mission's Post Office is a three storey brick and cement building, a well known fixture of the downtown core. It sits at the corner of First Avenue and Welton Street with a south eastern facing entrance.


Site History:

The original building was built in 1935 to be Mission's first dedicated post office. It was built in an art deco style at a cost of approximately $13,000.

The building was renovated in 1955 at a cost of $91,641 with additions on the rear and sides. The builders found that the original bricks used in construction were no longer available so the solution was to take some from the back of the building and use them to construct the new front.

In 1982 the entrance was restructured to include wheelchair access but the original look of the building remains largely intact.


Architectural Features:

Two storey building with rear and western one storey additions built in art deco style. The entrance to the building has steps leading up to it on either side with a wheelchair ramp on the western side. The building is constructed with red bricks and has cement accents down the centre column of the entrance face and around the front of the building above the windows.


Landscape:

Some shrubs and tree are planted on the southern and eastern facing sides of the building.


Where to get further information:

-Mission Community Archives
-Mission District Historical Society - Guide to Mission City BC Walking Tour Book (2005)
-Mission Museum - Mission Milestones








Last Modified January 24, 2015