Times Colonist Article – March 11, 1989 (Morris home – 1558 Beach Drive)

2018-02-22T20:49:29+00:00October 8th, 2016|

"Oak panelling, stained glass featured in Morris home" by Geoffrey Castle Much has been said and written about two particular Victoria architects – Francis M. Rattenbury and Samuel Maclure. Rattenbury, who was happiest with non-residential work, is synonymous with the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel. Maclure, on the other hand, who designed several hundred good [...]

What is a Heritage Conservation Area?

2018-02-22T20:49:29+00:00September 5th, 2016|

A heritage conservation area is a distinct district with special heritage value and/or heritage character, identified for heritage conservation purposes in an Official Community Plan. A local government establishes a heritage conservation area when it has identified a distinctive area which it feels should be managed by long-term protection. What does it do? A heritage conservation [...]

A Cluster of Architectural Treasures—A Brief History of this Distinctive Neighbourhood

2018-02-22T20:49:29+00:00September 5th, 2016|

The proposed Heritage Conservation Area for the neighbourhood of Prospect Place/York Place/Beach Drive/San Carlos/and a small segment of Oak Bay Avenue contains 11 of the 28 Heritage Designated houses in Oak Bay. The area had its start in 1898, with the purchase of 15 acres of waterfront property from the Pemberton estate, by architects Francis [...]

September 2016 – Upcoming Events You May Wish to Attend

2018-02-22T20:49:29+00:00August 30th, 2016|

Oak Bay is holding Open House sessions on a Residential Infill Strategy and the following is from the District’s website: “Oak Bay is experiencing increased interest in infill housing, such as laneway and garden cottages, duplexes, triplexes and residential subdivision. This interest occurs as our neighbourhoods age and change, and as demand for more diverse housing [...]

What Oak Bay’s Official Community Plan says on heritage conservation

2018-02-22T20:49:29+00:00August 27th, 2016|

“There is a strong cultural heritage in Oak Bay, which is greatly valued by its residents. Key heritage aspects of Oak Bay include the streetscapes and neighbourhoods, historic buildings and structures, cultural and natural landscape features, and history.” (page 120) “The District is becoming more proactive in conserving its community heritage through the work of its [...]

Heritage Lingo

2018-02-22T20:49:29+00:00August 27th, 2016|

Heritage conservation: Includes, in relation to heritage, any activity undertaken to protect, preserve or enhance the heritage value or heritage character (including but not limited to character-defining elements) of heritage property or an area. Heritage Conservation Area: Local governments can define special areas in their Official Community Plan (OCP) to provide long term protection to a [...]

Province of BC Document: Heritage Conservation: A Community Guide

2018-02-22T20:49:30+00:00August 26th, 2016|

Excerpt from the Province of BC Website Click here to download their PDF: Heritage Conservation: A Community Guide Conserving Buildings & Properties Effective heritage conservation involves preservation, rehabilitation, restoration or a combination of all three. Many factors are considered in order to determine heritage value – including appearance, historical or spiritual significance and use. When we know what's [...]

Historic Landmark Treasure At Risk!

2018-02-22T20:49:30+00:00August 22nd, 2016|

1558 Beach Drive soon after it was built in 1912 As concerned friends and neighbours, we care about the heritage values of our community and want to see them preserved. Of Oak Bay's 30 designated heritage houses, 11 are situated in the immediate area. The J. W. Morris house is the crown jewel in [...]