In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?.”
Looking South the old Hudson’s Bay store bathed an orange tinge varying from a kind of brown to breakfast orange you most likely see in a small glass each morning. This photo taken some time ago at night when I noticed the wonderful orange color the building gave off bathed by the street lights.
This building or more precisely, collection of buildings, has a very interesting history as has its morphing through several name changes since its establishment. Today, it’s owned by an American company, the same one that owns Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue. Since NRDC Equity Partners took over, the place is called the Hudson’s Bay store or in French, la Baie d’Hudson.
As I said earlier, the store name has evolved through a series of names, starting with the last before becoming American owned, The Bay, Morgan’s, and the original name, the Hudson’s Bay Company, which received its charter in 1670.
This company, incorporated by English royal charter (Prince Rupert and his cousin, King Charles II), as ‘The Governor and Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson’s Bay’. This company functioned defacto as the government in wild, unsettled land in parts of North America long before competing European powers or even later, the United States, laid claim to some of those territories. More of this fascinating history, more than I care to write about here, is found on the company’s Internet site.