The Birdcages, 1860 | City of Victoria Archive | Ref. PR-0252-M07545

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Birdcages, The | historical | The nickname given to Victoria’s original legislative buildings, which were built in 1859. They were so named because of their ornate designs, which resembled the fancy birdcages popular at the time. These structures were replaced in 1898 by the current Parliament Buildings. “The Birdcages” is also what James Bay locals have colloquially called the nearby convenience store at 501 Government St. (officially “Bird Cage Confectionary”) since it was first built in 1915.

Usage: “I’m going to go get some more milk and a newspaper from The Birdcages. Do you want anything?”

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