Angell's Trading Building is significant as it was built by local contractor and designer Alexander Forrester. As one of Nanaimo's civic leaders, Mr. Forrester was both an alderman and a school trustee for many years.
A simple, functional building, it takes full advantage of its sloped site to bring light into the exposed basement and accommodate loading facilities at the rear. The oversize front windows designed to showcase merchandise further emphasize the building's functional quality.
This building is beautiful and you can still enjoy some of it's charms by stopping into McLean's Specialy Foods which has it's storefront on Fitzwilliam. Further details are evident down the side and back of the building which still sports beautiful windows.