Old Morris Tobacconist
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Something a little different today. I have been brushing up on my texture skills in CS5, and this is the best one I've done so far. Old Morris Tobacconist opened it's doors in 1892, and is the second oldest tobacconist in North America still in operation today. I worked in this place for most of this year. It sure was fun! I got to meet people from all over the planet every single day.
Old Morris Tobacconist, originally E.A. Morris Tobacconist, was established in 1892 on its present site and is one of Victoria, British Columbia's last remaining examples of pure Victoriana. It is considered one of Victoria's oldest businesses (as well as one of North America's oldest tobacco stores) and serves as a rare surviving example of an of an early twentieth century retail interior of the city. It was commissioned by businessman E.A. Morris. Designed by architect Thomas Hooper, the value of this unique building lies in its Georgian exterior and interior elements and detailing.
As you enter the shop, you can glance overhead at the fine examples of leaded glass in the domed entrance and the Alabaster arch and pillars framing the doorway. In 1910, the interior of the store was completed, including such materials as mahogany, marble and onyx, as well as state-of-the-art fixtures and mirrors. A walk-in humidor was also added. The final result was an excellent representation of a quaint high Victorian 'gentlemen's club' image suited to the typically male patrons of this specialty shop. The shop presents a unique contribution to the Government Street streetscape in its alluring shop front, gentlemanly facade and its masculine interior atmosphere.
A big thanks to Ewan Thot for the texture.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week ahead!