S & W Apartments
Until its construction, housing consisted of single-family homes, boarding houses, dormitories or hotels. The construction of this commercial building with its self-contained apartment units on the second floor spurred the development of similar buildings in the area and signaled Nanaimo's move towards more sophisticated, urban building options.
The stores and 6 apartments remain in full use. I ran into a gal who has lived in this building for 11 years. She loves the vibe here, the original features and the fact that there are great stores at her doorstep.