Category: Homes of Artists and Architects

Meet Tom Carter

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I visited Tom Carter in his heritage loft a couple of weeks ago. It was the same afternoon that we climbed up to the top of the Sun Tower, in what was in 1912, the tallest building in the British Empire. Tom lives next door in a 100-year-old converted warehouse designed for Storey & Campbell Limited by William Tuff Whiteway, the same architect who designed the Sun Tower for Mayor L.D.

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The B.C. Binning House

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 The story of B.C. Binning and his house is featured in Sensational Vancouver

It’s no secret that The Land Conservancy of B.C. has been in financial trouble for some time, and that’s a real problem for heritage because the organization looks after some properties that are of huge cultural significance to Canadians.

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International Women’s Day: Meet Pat Martin Bates

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In honour of International Women’s Day on Friday March 8, it seems fitting to feature Victoria print maker Pat Martin Bates. An excerpt from Sensational Victoria:

At 85, Pat Martin Bates is still strikingly beautiful. The day I visit her she has a scarf wrapped around her dark hair and she’s wearing a jacket full of blues, reds, and purples with chunky silver jewelry.

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Boyd House

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The story of Ron Thom and Boyd house appears in Sensational Vancouver

Kerry McPhedran is selling the house she bought in 1972. It’s not because she wants to—as a freelance writer, it’s her retirement plan, and because of its tony West Vancouver address, it comes with a hefty $1.9 million price tag—too steep for most of us.

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Fred Thornton Hollingsworth

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When it comes to West Coast architecture, Fred Hollingsworth is a rock star. He invented the Neoteric style —affordable family housing with simple post and beam construction.

Sylvia Holland (1900-1974)

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See the full story in Sensational Victoria: Bright lights, red lights, murders, ghosts and gardens

I had a really interesting chat with Theo Halladay recently. Theo is 83 and living in the house her mother designed in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles. Theo was born in Victoria, and I’m quite fascinated with her mother Sylvia Moberly Holland, the first registered woman architect in British Columbia, and who I write about in detail in Sensational Victoria.

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Malcolm Lowry—(1909-1957)

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Malcolm Lowry was an incredibly talented, paranoid alcoholic who drank his way through the creation of more than a dozen novels and works of poetry. Born in England, and dead for more than half a century now, the writer left an indelible footprint in Vancouver. Today would have been his birthday.

 

Under the Volcano

Lowry lived in Vancouver for more than 15 years.

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E.J. Hughes

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Last month Coastal Boats Near Sidney sold for $1.14 million, propelling E.J. Hughes into an exclusive group of 12 Canadian artists who have sold paintings for more than a million dollars.

I love his work and thought he had always lived on Vancouver Island, so I was interested in his Vancouver connection.

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