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Character Defining Heritage

2018-02-22T20:49:28+00:00February 22nd, 2018|

If you have signed our petition or if you are visiting our site for the first time, thank you for caring about the importance of historic properties and heritage values. The historic house, at 1558 Beach Drive, designed by nationally recognized architect Percy Leonard James, remains at risk of demolition. More immediate threats to character-defining heritage in this neighbourhood, however, are [...]

Oak Bay News Article – November 9, 2016

2018-02-22T20:49:29+00:00November 9th, 2016|

Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News Michael Prince and Karen Wallace-Prince propose Oak Bay designate their segment of Oak Bay (their home behind on the right) as a Heritage Conservation Area. "Many living in Oak Bay’s first subdivision hope to be part of the community’s first Heritage Conservation Area. They took notice, and worried a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

One of Oak Bay’s First Planned Neighbourhoods

2018-02-22T20:49:29+00:00August 28th, 2016|

After incorporation, in 1906, the Municipality evolved from a recreational and agricultural area to a residential community. Earlier, in 1898 architects Francis Rattenbury and John G. Tiarks, recognizing the potential value of the Oak Bay waterfront, purchased land extending from Oak Bay Avenue eastward to present-day San Carlos Avenue, property that would become part of Oak [...]

How can I help?

2018-02-22T20:49:29+00:00August 28th, 2016|

September 10, 2016 Residential Infill Strategy meetings to be held at the University of Victoria. If you attend one of these Open House sessions, or wish to a write a letter to council members on this topic of infill housing, it is important to emphasize the vital significance of supporting and respecting heritage values and neighbourhood [...]

Oak Bay’s Official Community Plan: a living document

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

“Oak Bay is defined by its attractive residential neighbourhoods, strong sense of community, mature tree canopy, scenic shoreline to the east and south, natural environment, and historic character.” (page 1) Oak Bay’s Official Community Plan represents the “community’s vision for the future and provides a framework to guide growth and decisions about the use and management [...]