746 Railway Avenue, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Spence Residence is a one-and-one-half storey eclectic Edwardian-era building located in one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, south of the downtown core. The historic place is confined to the building footprint.
Built around 1918, the Spence Residence is a very good example of an eclectic Edwardian design. The sophisticated design has unusual features, most notably the distinctive scalloped inset arch over the second floor balcony.
The building’s height, mass and location among much smaller, newer and more modest homes make it a distinctive neighbourhood landmark.
Source: City of Nanaimo Planning Department
The character-defining elements of the Spence Residence include:
- all of the elements of the eclectic Edwardian-era design, as expressed in the overall mass and form, bell-cast roofline, central corbelled chimney, stained glass transom in the front bay, distinctive scalloped inset arch over the second floor balcony, inset corner porches at the front and rear with square, chamfered columns, horizontal lapped wooden siding, double-hung wooden-sash window with stained glass transom in front bay, square bays, and jig-cut bargeboards
- the building’s location amongst more modest, smaller houses
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Nanaimo Planning Department
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