50 Years Ago: the Apollo Moon Landing

During the Apollo program of the 1960s and ’70s, NASA sent nine missions to the Moon. Six of them landed astronauts safely on the surface, the only times humans have visited another world. 

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969  as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission. 

Union Club member, Henri van Bentum was featured in Canadian Art Magazine in July 1969. In many ways, his comments are still timely today:

You Are Invited to: MODERN CITY – The Legacy of Architectural Modernism in Victoria (1945-1970)

The Executive Hotel (1965), Douglas and Humbolt Streets (photo by Hubert Norbury)

The Union Club’s Honorary Art Curator and long-time Club member, Martin Segger, will be an integral part of the following program. Club members are encouraged to attend:

July 10 – July 18

Public Exhibition at 1515 Douglas Street


July 11 at 7pm

Public Lectures at 1515 Douglas Street

Don Luxton “Mid-century Modernism in Victoria”

Terence Williams “Architecture of the John Wade Practice”

No tickets required


July 13 and 14 from 12pm – 1pm

Free Walking Tour:

“Modern City”

Guided by architectural historian Martin Segger

Meet in the Rotunda at 1515 Douglas Street at 12pm


July 18 at 7pm

Public Panel Discussion

at 1515 Douglas Street

“The Future of V ictoria’s Modernist Legacy”

Panelists: Chris Gower, Steve Barber, Pam Madoff, Franc D’Ambrosio

Moderator: Martin Segger


Hosted by Jawl Properties Limited.

In collaboration with D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism.

Curated by Martin Segger.

Special Thanks to City of Victoria Archives, Saanich Municipal Archives and University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections.

Contemporary photos by John Taylor, Sama Jim Canzian and Sandy Beaman.