Downtown DuncanCanada Avenue

The Duncan & Christmas Heritage Mall building at 149 Canada Avenue was built circa 1914. It is named for Kenneth F. Duncan (1881-1952) and Wilfred Christmas (died 1950) who operated a financial services firm in this building between 1936 and 1950 under the name Duncan & Christmas Ltd.

Duncan & Christmas Heritage Mall, Canada Avenue, Duncan, B.C.
Duncan & Christmas Heritage Mall, 149 Canada Avenue, Duncan, B.C. The building to the right is the Duncan Masonic TempleKenneth Duncan played a leading role in construction of the Duncan Masonic Temple in 1912..

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Additional Information About 149 Canada Avenue

  • Assessed Value (July 2016): $398,000; Land $138,000 Buildings $260,000
  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $272,000; Land $133,000 Buildings $139,000

A Brief History of the Duncan & Christmas Heritage Mall

Kenneth Duncan had previously occupied this building prior to 1936 in partnership with Herbert Dickie, under the name Dickie & Duncan Ltd.  Kenneth Duncan and Herbert Dickie were both members of the Temple Lodge, No.33, the local Masonic lodge, and Kenneth Duncan played a leading role in the construction of the Duncan Masonic Temple (at 163 Canada Avenue, next door to the Duncan & Christmas Heritage Mall) in 1912.

Duncan & Christmas Heritage Mall, Canada Avenue, Duncan, B.C.
Duncan & Christmas Heritage Mall, 149 Canada Avenue, Duncan, B.C.
Kenneth Forrest Duncan, circa 1920
Kenneth Forrest Duncan, circa 1920 (courtesy of City of Duncan)

Kenneth Duncan (1881-1952) was a member of the family for whom Duncan is named. He was the first Mayor of Duncan after the City of Duncan was incorporated in 1912.

As a prominent member of Temple Lodge, No.33, A.F. & A.M., he also played a leading role in the planning and construction of the Duncan Masonic Temple (at 163 Canada Avenue, next door to the Duncan & Christmas Heritage Mall) in 1912.

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