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Emily Carr House

207 Government Street, Victoria, Colombie-Britannique, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1973/11/22

Exterior view of Emily Carr House and grounds, 2004.; BC Heritage Branch
Front (west) elevation
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Autre nom(s)

Emily Carr House
Richard Carr House
Carr House

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/08/13

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

Emily Carr House consists of a two-storey Picturesque-Italianate-style house on a residential city lot in the James Bay district of Victoria, BC.

Valeur patrimoniale

Emily Carr House is significant because of its association with the birth and life of Emily Carr (1871-1945), a well-known author and one of Canada's most famous painters. This house and its surrounding environment, and the impact they made in her life, are mentioned in all of Emily's books. This place was the wellspring of Emily's creativity - this is where her desire to create and her appreciation of art began. The location of the house is significant because its proximity to Beacon Hill Park and the shoreline played an important role in Emily's appreciation of her natural environment. The situation of the house in the James Bay neighbourhood is valuable, as it inspired the nearby construction of subsequent houses by Emily and her sisters.

This house is an excellent example of a Picturesque Italianate villa designed by John Wright, a prominent early architect in Victoria. Built in 1864 for Richard and Emily Carr (Emily's parents), this house exemplifies Wright's contemporary work.

Source: BC Heritage Branch property files

Éléments caractéristiques

The character-defining elements of the Emily Carr House include:
- the relationship between the house and Beacon Hill Park and the shoreline
- the relationship with other nearby Carr family houses in James Bay, such as 646 Simcoe Street (The House of All Sorts), 218 St. Andrew's Street, and 231 St. Andrew's Street
- the situation of the house on the lot
- the situation of the house within a garden context, with unimpeded views between the house and Government Street
- the Picturesque Italianate form and massing of the exterior of the house, including the three-bay façade, small square balcony above the main door, and decorative urns
- the spatial configurations of the dining room, hall, drawing room, sitting room, and breakfast room, stairway, and the upstairs bedrooms at the front of the house (in particular the bedroom in which Emily was born)
- any historic woodwork and finishes, such as paint, wallpaper, and decorative plaster work, related to the Picturesque Italianate style, and dating to the time of the Carr family's residence in the house (1864-1937)




Autorité de reconnaissance

Province de la Colombie-Britannique

Loi habilitante

Heritage Conservation Act, art.9, art.13(1)(a)

Type de reconnaissance

Lieu patrimonial provincial (désigné)

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes

1871/01/01 à 1945/01/01

Thème - catégorie et type

Exprimer la vie intellectuelle et culturelle
Les arts et l'enseignement
Un territoire à peupler
Les établissements

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Logement unifamilial
Site historique ou d'interprétation


Architecte / Concepteur

John Wright



Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

BC Heritage Branch file No. 27000-30-CO-06

Réfère à une collection

Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




Inscriptions associées

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