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Robert Harvey Brock & His Legacy

posted by: The Royal Hotel Chilliwack on: May 17, 2021 05:08:04 PM

When Robert Harvey Brock passed away in November, 1947, he left Chilliwack a rich legacy of built heritage.


He was born in Ontario in 1868; came to Chilliwack in 1904 with his brother Kenneth and went on to establish himself as a major builder and contractor in the area. Robert Harvey Brock retired in 1941, just six years prior to his 1947 death.


Over four decades, Mr. Brock designed and built many local public schools, including several small one and two room school rooms before being awarded the contract for two larger buildings; Robertson Elementary (1921) and Central Elementary (1929). 


Image Credit: Royal Hotel


Chilliwack Progress, Dec. 6, 1928


Along with many commercial buildings on Wellington Avenue; he is perhaps most well-known as the contractor of the Royal Hotel (1908-1909) also located on downtown’s Wellington Avenue.


Chilliwack Progress, Nov. 1908


Chilliwack Progress, Feb. 12, 1931


When the Mountainview Subdivision was established (located in the Gore to Second Avenue and east to Charles in the downtown) Mr. Brock left his stamp on Gore Avenue when he completed several new homes on the block - including his own home, The Brock House, in 1910. His home on Gore Avenue remains a living legacy to the builder. In 2014 the Brock House was designated as a municipal heritage asset.


A few examples of the many residential homes Mr. Brock built in Chilliwack:


Kinkora (Higginson Road)                                      1904

Kickbush House (Chilliwack River Road)               1909

Cawley House (Spadina & Main – demo’d)            1910

Brock House (Gore Ave)                                         1910

HollyLodge (Young Road)                                       1913



Book your stay at the historic Royal Hotel and experience a piece of Chilliwack’s history. The Royal Hotel– a living tribute to Chilliwack builder Robert Harvey Brock.

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