2138 Central Avenue, Oak Bay, British Columbia, V8S, Canada
Walter Edward Tapley House
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Tapley property consists of a one-storey Craftsman style bungalow and garage in the South Oak Bay neighborhood.
The Tapley House, built in 1913, is important as part of the architectural and development history of Oak Bay. It is significant as a well-preserved example of a modest Craftsman-style bungalow built during the pre-war building boom of 1912-14.
Also important is the association with the builder and owner, Captain Walter Edward Tapley. The house is unique for its quality construction, Arts and Crafts design detail, and floor plan accommodating a home office, from which Tapley ran a flourishing construction business. This relatively small house illustrates the importance of social status to the middle class Edwardian gentleman of 'good breeding,' but modest means. The value placed on fashionable design, high quality construction, interior detail and upscale neighbourhood demonstrates prevailing aesthetic attitudes.
The significance of the site on upper (west) Central Avenue, on a major transportation route and within walking distance of the Fairfield streetcar line, is linked to the progression of urban development within Oak Bay prior to the automobile age.
Source: The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay
Key elements that define the heritage character of the Tapley House include the:
- close proximity of the house and garage to Central Avenue
- exterior Craftsman bungalow elements, typified by board and batten siding, casement windows, notched barge boards and sloped masonry foundation
- extent and good condition of the original wood finishes, dating from Tapley's construction
- heavy, low-pitched roof line
- wide covered front verandah with sloped pillars
- small scale of the single-storey elevation with small closed entrance hall
- floor plan with open connected reception rooms
- fireplace and hearth (the sole original source of heat)
- interior use of board and batten, fir paneling, and beams
- built-in buffet and bookshelves with leaded glass and original hardware
- leaded casement windows
- original location of the garage
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.967
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Captain Walter Edward Tapley
Location of Supporting Documentation
The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay.
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