James Miller Brown house, 528 Hecate Street, Nanaimo, B.C.

James Miller Brown (1830-1926) was Worshipful Master of Ashlar Lodge No.3 in 1874 and 1875. His family residence was at 528 Hecate Street in Nanaimo and he lived there until his death in 1926.

Here is a photo of the Brown family residence at 528 Hecate Street, Nanaimo, circa 1890’s. We have not conclusively established a construction date for this house but we believe it was built in the 1890’s, or possibly before.

The James Miller Brown family residence, 528 Hecate Street, near Prideaux Street, in Nanaimo.
The James Miller Brown family residence, 528 Hecate Street, near Prideaux Street, in Nanaimo. (Courtesy of City of Nanaimo Archives)

The Brown family home at 528 Hecate Street is still standing but it has been significantly altered and is not in pristine condition. It is currently divided into four apartments. Here is how it appears on Google Maps:

Here is a photo of 528 Hecate Street taken in January 2017 by the Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Historian:

James Miller Brown house, 528 Hecate Street, Nanaimo in January 2017
James Miller Brown house, 528 Hecate Street, Nanaimo in January 2017 (photo by Ashlar Lodge No.3 Historian)

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2 thoughts on “James Miller Brown house, 528 Hecate Street, Nanaimo, B.C.

  1. Hi

    My name is Michael Deraiche and I’m currently looking after 528 Hecate and I agree the building needs help. I was told to speak to Tim Findlay about the building . Currently the garage on the property will be removed and the fence as well. If anybody in the Free Masons has any info on this building or more pictures it would be greatly appreciated. I plan on replacing the fence but before I do that I would like to speak to someone who can tell me how to go about getting it done as close to original as possible. My Phone# is 2506186438

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