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#1 Holden West

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 11:10 PM

http://www.victoriah....c ... Web.pdf

Index of Properties in Chronological Order


c.1852 - 638 Elliot St Sq (Helmcken House)

1858 - 835 Humboldt St (St. Ann's Chapel)

1861 - 140 Government St


- 1462 Rockland Av (1910)

- 601 Trutch St

1861-62 - 2616 Pleasant St

1862 - 1156 Fort St

c.1863 - 207 Government St

1863 - 1421 Blanshard St

(Times Colonist)
1865 - 923 Burdett Av (Mt. St. Angela)

- 1490 Fairfield Rd

- 916 Pandora Av

c.1870-71 - 1519 Amelia St

1871 - 1021 Gillespie Pl

- 835 Humboldt St

1872 - 1401 Rockland (outbuildings)
- Ross Bay Cemetery
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#2 renthefinn

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 02:44 PM

St. Anne's Chapel is considered a house?

#3 m0nkyman

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 02:53 PM

That pdf is missing at least one house built in 1903.

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#4 Savannah

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 08:39 PM

I think this is begging for another thread called Victoria's Oddest Houses, complete with pictures, of course.

#5 burgess.dave

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:06 PM

You should check out this thread:

http://vibrantvictoria.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?t=318

It's not intended to be about the oddest houses but there are a lot of odd houses in there.

#6 Savannah

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 07:06 PM

Ah-ha! That thread kept me up past my bedtime the other night. Of course, I didn't find it until after I'd thought of Oddest Houses.

Now I need to remember to take the digital camera with me when I'm out and about--I'd like to house-hunt, too, in the non-purchasing kind of way.

#7 Marilyn

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 10:31 AM



I read somewhere that this was the oldest house in Victoria. Does anyone know if it has any future? Will it be declared "heritage" or demolished? It's in a most unfortunate location. I had trouble getting this shot because there was a fight among some deranged people going on right outside.

#8 Lover Fighter

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 10:39 AM

That can't be older than the Helmcken House though, can it?

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 10:41 AM

Really? I am not sure if that is true. James Bay was the first developed neighbourhood so one would think that it would be located there. It certainly isn't the oldest building which I believe is the Customs House building.

Either way I think that this building has a future. If someone put some condos in some of the empty lots in this area so as to outnumber the crack smokers in the next lot it would all be fixed. Also Wildfire just around the corner does very well depite the location as does McDonald's so I guess it would be all about the type of commercial tenant they get.

#10 Marilyn

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:04 AM

the oldest house.

I found the source:
http://www.vibrantvi...?searchid=20284

Whenever that picture is posted I feel compelled to comment about Cranberry's Cafe. That house dates from 1865 and in fact, there are only nine houses that are older in all of Victoria.


I should have done a search first.

The house is from 1865 and still standing and in use so it is worthy of protection otherwise we lose our history. (That's me on my conservation soap box.)

#11 Jacques Cadé

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:13 AM

The property's listed for $645,000:

http://www.loopnet.c...0477&STID=naibc

It would be nice to have a café in there again, especially if it served the evening audiences at the Conservatory across the street.

#12 Holden West

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:25 AM

Duplicate thread:

http://www.vibrantvi...read.php?t=1481
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
-City of Victoria website, 2009

#13 aastra

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:41 AM

It certainly isn't the oldest building which I believe is the Customs House building.


Methinks the oldest brick building is that little one on Government beneath the fake tudor cladding (which came much later). Yes?

Helmcken House was moved, was it not? It's the original house but it's not on its original site, if I remember correctly.

As for this Cranberry Cafe house, I don't understand why we aren't using buildings like this one (and the one that was just demolished across the street) as inspiration for new construction. The storefront is just right. Victorians tend to want to re-invent the wheel all the time.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:57 AM

I think (and hope) this site will be saved. I think with an influx of new dwellings in the area a small restaurant or deli could be supported.

#15 gumgum

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 01:23 PM

I've been told the oldest apartment building is the one on May and Linden. Can anyone confirm that?

#16 Marilyn

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 02:55 PM

It was built in 1892 according to J.C.'s real estate link.

Thanks for the facts, folks.

#17 Marilyn

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 02:57 PM

I would love to see Pandora revitalized including The Green. We would have to house those people who have taken over the street first.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 02:59 PM

John Tod's house (2564 Heron in Estevan Village) is the oldest continuously-inhabited house west of the Great Lakes that is still standing. That probably makes it the oldest in Victoria doesn't it? If there's an older one, I guess it isn't used as a private residence anymore.

#19 Holden West

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 03:10 PM

Tod house would appear to pre-date Helmcken house by a couple of years.
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#20 aastra

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 03:17 PM

Definitely, but Oak Bay (and Esquimalt) properties are not included.

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