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#21 yodsaker

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 05:07 PM

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


Maybe an exception can be made... the Tod house was there before Oak Bay was, wasn't it all Victoria back then?

#22 aastra

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 05:45 PM

If we're talking about the real Victoria then Tod House is the winner.

Anybody know what the oldest building at Esquimalt base is? Has to be pretty old, methinks.

Correction: 1880s

#23 G-Man

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 07:22 PM

^ You mean the barrack house they tore down?

#24 Number Six

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 09:09 PM

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.

Yes, the old "Victoria Hotel" (now covered by fake tudor cladding) is the oldest brick structure in Victoria ... built in 1858.

The oldest section of Helmcken House was built in 1852 and it is in it's original location. The St. Anne's Schoolhouse was moved to its current location next to Helmcken House ... this old log cabin is believed to date back as far as 1848.

BTW, if you want to wander around a fantastic old home you should check out "Wentworth Villa" (built 1862) at 1156 Fort Street (between Cook and Linden). It's currently an antique store but I must admit I spent more time admiring the building itself.

#25 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 09:19 PM

Go to HERITAGE PROPERTIES here:

http://www.oakbaybc.... Site/index.htm

...to see some Oak Bay oldies including Tod's house, plus the houses on Patio Court/San Carlos.



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Posted 03 June 2008 - 10:09 PM

BTW, if you want to wander around a fantastic old home you should check out "Wentworth Villa" (built 1862) ... I must admit I spent more time admiring the building itself.


....like a Frank Gehry building? :D

#27 Galvanized

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:04 PM

Great topic!
(I've now merged the two threads into one)
Past President of Victoria's Flâneur Union Local 1862

#28 D.L.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:10 PM

there's an 1861 house on Government St. just south of Simcoe.

#29 Holden West

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 11:47 PM

^I think that's the one mentioned in the first post (with a link to the archives photo), 140 Government St.
"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

#30 D.L.

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 11:02 AM

oh ya I see, didn't realise this thread was all mixed up now

#31 Marilyn

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 11:14 AM

Great topic!
(I've now merged the two threads into one)


This thread is giving me plenty of material for walks around the city with my camera, which I love to do.

:):)

#32 aastra

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 04:57 PM

Mr. Segger's book tells me the oldest two buildings at Esquimalt date from the 1860s.

Craigflower School & Manor and the Colwood Dairy Farm were built in the 1850s.

#33 Bernard

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 05:14 PM

Has anyone put together any sort of register of the oldest buildings in this region? Is this something a heritage group or someone at UVic should undertake?

#34 Marilyn

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:25 PM



I would sure appreciate it if someone has some information on this building, its history and its future.

I'm entering it in an exhibition so I would love to provide a caption.

#35 Rob Randall

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 10:21 PM

Marilyn and others--I'm sorry I haven't updated the news on 1007 Johnson (The Bossi House) for a while. Go here.

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#36 Marilyn

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 09:10 AM

Thanks Rob!
I love this house, I think because it reminds me of those old brick houses in the Ottawa valley where every small town has these on the main street.

It was difficult to get a front shot because of the trees.



#37 Rob Randall

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 09:55 AM

Heritage experts say that this house was never raw brick--the style was always for this type of house to be painted.

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#38 Holden West

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 05:28 AM



This painting shows Helmcken House in its original configuration shortly after the museum was built. I assume the street visible here was filled in to become the back of the museum property because the orientation looks similar to this photo taken from this site. I had always assumed the buildings had been shifted or rotated to their present location.



An older photo:



Here's a 1985 Government photo:



It's amazes me how much the change from a street to a park affects the building. It's easy to overlook the impact a building's surroundings have.
"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

#39 Holden West

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 05:42 PM

Another "new" photo from 1967:


"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

#40 glenalan54

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 06:45 AM

Scott Street 1910 and 2007, this house still survives:
http://www.flickr.co...57600295804153/

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