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Scottish cultural centre envisioned for View Royal's Craigflower Manor lands
The Victoria Highland Games Association (VHGA) has submitted a rezoning application to the Town of View Royal which, if approved, could yield a contemporary Scottish cultural centre on excess land at the Craigflower Manor House National Historic Site, Citified has learned.
The association took on operations of the manor in 2014 with plans to preserve the 1850’s-era building while working towards the creation of a 10,000 square foot interpretive and community landmark it has dubbed Craigflower Hall.
The single-storey building will rise at the nexus of Admirals and Craigflower roads and the Old Island Highway on the View Royal and Esquimalt border.
Jim Maxwell, VHGA president, submitted a letter to the township describing the hall’s proposed design as “circular, inspired by the historic architecture of gathering spaces, and the particularities of the curved, corner [development] site.” Maxwell further notes that the building’s angled shape has “no rear façade, which is important for [the] site because of multiple frontages.” [Full article