“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – June 2017

2017-06-21T21:47:05+00:00 June 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: A Heritage Conservation Area for Oak Bay

2017-05-16T10:08:29+00:00 May 16th, 2017|

The Prospect: A Heritage Conservation Area for Oak Bay A lecture presented by Stuart Stark, Heritage Consultant for the Oak Bay Community Association on April 22, 2017 at the Monterey Centre, Oak Bay. All content © Copyright. Stuart Stark & Associates 2017 Used with permission by the Protect Oak Bay Heritage Group Historic photos courtesy [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – April 2017

2017-04-29T14:16:54+00:00 April 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), [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – March 2017

2017-04-29T16:13:27+00:00 April 5th, 2017|

Some Highlights: WALKING TOURS A FABULOUS SUCCESS— 54 people attend the first two, more tours to come. All are welcome. Who would have thought history could be so entertaining? There is a growing awareness in Oak Bay of our neighbourhood’s rich cultural history—people were lined up around the block, so to speak, to get a [...]

“The Prospect” HCA Newsletter – February 2017

2017-04-29T16:13:47+00:00 April 5th, 2017|

Some Highlights: ALL OVER THE WORLD, historic edifices are being replaced with “could-be-anywhere” buildings. Do we want this to happen in our neighbourhood which is of such cultural significance to Oak Bay? We need to protect it, so we thought it would be a good idea to apply to Oak Bay to become a Heritage [...]

Another quote from a neighbour

2016-12-20T20:20:09+00:00 January 4th, 2017|

Here's a remark from a long term Oak Bay resident who lives nearby about preserving our neighbourhood as an Heritage Conservation Area..... "This is a rare and really important little enclave of historically valuable and beautiful homes of similar style and age that have been preserved through generations." - JS Beach Drive

A quote from a neighbour

2016-12-20T20:19:26+00:00 December 20th, 2016|

Here's what one neighbour recently said about 1558 Beach Drive ... "This is a rare and valuable feature of our community that cannot be retrieved once lost. This particular house is the anchor of the group, and architecturally significant on its own right." - JS Oak Bay

Heritage Conservation Area

2016-12-26T11:32:52+00:00 September 29th, 2016|

A Heritage Conservation Area is about protecting the historic fabric and beauty of our neighbourhood for everyone. Also it is about enabling neighbourhood participation in local development and planning decisions. And the evidence is clear: an HCA enhances residential property values.  Click to download PDF of the document