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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Queen Anne Cottage

In Vic West just above the Selkirk Trestle are many of Victoria's oldest houses, more modest than those in some other neighbourhoods but still fine examples of the styles popular in early Victoria. Here is one of several heritage homes overlooking the Gorge in this area, built in 1892 for Jane and Orlando Warner. Their adopted daughter, Lucy Musters, married Arthur Curry in 1901 and they received this house as a wedding present from Jane Warner, Arthur's great-aunt. The street is named after Arthur Curry, who achieved eminence during the First World War and later became president of McGill University. Heritage homes such as this are not just attractive to look at - in most cases they embody significant aspects of our history. The historical information mentioned here comes from This Old House, Volume 1, a publication of the Victoria Heritage Foundation.

4 comments:

JoJo said...

Is the home still privately owned and in the Warner/Curry family? It's so pretty. Reminds me of homes in SF.

Benjamin Madison said...

Hi JoJo - yes it's still privately owned but not by any member of the Curry or Warner family. The Currys left the house about 1911 after the death of Jane Warner, who was living with them.

Lucka said...

Beautiful old building. Great colors and light.

boromax said...

Yes! I love the colors, and the trim, the "gingerbread" - wonderful.