“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – November 2019

2019-11-29T21:20:49-08:00November 29th, 2019|

Some Highlights: FOR OVER A CENTURY, the community has enjoyed its view of 1558 Beach Drive. As a crown jewel of Oak Bay’s first Heritage Conservation Area, it stands as one of the last remaining Beach Drive mansions with its historic front garden still in existence. It provides the public with a glimpse of Oak [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – March 2019

2019-04-09T20:55:45-07:00April 9th, 2019|

Some Highlights: The Scott property was, and is, quite unique; and I hope that the natural beauty of the land can be preserved. As you know, the Crane house was destroyed by fire many years ago through the negligence of a tenant. (The only thing I have that remains is the steel weathervane, in the [...]

Annandale Carriage Drive

2018-11-03T21:42:49-07:00November 3rd, 2018|

Some Highlights:Annandale is a large, one-and-one-half-storey wood clad bungalow with prominent brick corbelled chimneys, an enclosed porch, and multiple dormers. It is located on the east side of York Place, near the commercial centre of Oak Bay Avenue. It is set back on the property, screened by dense foliage and surrounded by a granite stone wall [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – October 2018

2018-11-03T21:42:49-07:00October 12th, 2018|

Some Highlights: Rural-like streetscapes, natural topography, stone walls, mature tree canopy, historic houses; ocean views, social history. Famous architect, Francis Rattenbury, who, with friends, developed The Prospect neighbourhood, said: “Oak Bay District is one of the most lovely residential areas I have ever seen, and it is my desire to retain this beauty as far [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – June 2018

2018-11-03T21:42:49-07:00June 10th, 2018|

Some Highlights: Celebrating Jane's Walk... On Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th, approximately forty people participated in a guided walk through the proposed Prospect Heritage Conservation Area (HCA). It was advertised through the Jane’s Walks announcements by the Community Association of Oak Bay (thank you, Rick Marshall ) and on our website. Read more [...]

Welcome to “The Prospect” – April 2018

2018-11-03T21:42:49-07:00April 17th, 2018|

Some Highlights: Heritage Conservation Areas aim to protect, for the long-term, selected buildings, streetscapes and natural topography. This area has the highest concentration of heritage houses in Oak Bay—a total of 20 designated or registered homes and structures—and a rich social history, including famous architects and politicians, scandals and survivors. Support Oak Bay’s first Heritage [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – March 2018

2018-11-03T21:42:49-07:00March 6th, 2018|

Some Highlights: An HCA - Not the same as a heritage designation... IT’S EASY TO CONFUSE a Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) with heritage designation. The two are not the same. Heritage designation applies to a certain feature or building, usually a house. An HCA, on the other hand, applies to an area and all the [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – December 2017

2018-11-03T21:42:49-07:00December 17th, 2017|

Some Highlights: 70 PEOPLE ATTENDED two public information sessions, Oct. 19 and 21, that focused on providing general information about Heritage Conservation Areas (HCAs). Former City of Victoria heritage planner Murray Miller gave an excellent power point presentation, now available on . It addresses these questions: What is a Heritage Conservation Area (HCA)? How [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – June 2017

2018-11-03T21:42:50-07:00June 21st, 2017|

Some Highlights: PICTURE PERFECT WEATHER... drew a crowd of 50 people interested in learning more about the cultural and architectural history of the proposed Heritage Conservation Area. Jane’s Walk—named for writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs — is a network of citizen-led walking tours held in May each year, around the globe. Led by volunteers [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – April 2017

2018-10-16T20:54:11-07:00April 12th, 2017|

Some Highlights: In 1898, architects Francis M. Rattenbury (who designed the Parliament Buildings and The Empress Hotel) and John G. Tiarks purchased land in the neighbourhood of the proposed Prospect HCA and began drawing plans and building. Oak Bay’s historic neighbourhood includes FIVE HOMES by Rattenbury: lechinihl (1898; 1701 Beach Drive, now Glenlyon Norfolk School), [...]

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