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Old Municipal Hall

4512 West Saanich Road, Saanich, Colombie-Britannique, V8Z, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1979/09/17

Exterior view of the Old Municipal Hall.; Derek Trachsel, District of Saanich, 2004.
Oblique view.
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Autre nom(s)

Old Municipal Hall
Med Grill

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Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/10/29

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Old Municipal Hall is a one and one-half storey wood-frame Arts and Crafts style building, located on the West Saanich Road, in the Royal Oak area of Saanich.

Valeur patrimoniale

The heritage value of the Old Municipal Hall is its association with the growth and governance of the municipality of Saanich, and its reflection of the efforts, aspirations and community building spirit of the pioneer era. Saanich was incorporated in 1906, at which time Council meetings were held in a succession of residences until Royal Oak was chosen as the location for a new municipal hall. With several additions, the hall served the community until a new municipal hall was opened in 1965. This illustrates the increased administrative functions of the municipality and the rapid growth of Saanich after the Second World War. It also reflects the gradual change in character of the area from frontier rural and agricultural to largely suburban.

The hall is valued for its association with its architect, John Charles Malcolm Keith (1858-1940), who had a long and prominent career in B.C. and was the architect of many important civic and institutional buildings around the province, including Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria.

It is also significant for its use of the Arts and Crafts style, allied to the typical Craftsman residential vocabulary, which was typically used throughout B.C. for municipal halls of the Edwardian era. By using a common architectural vocabulary, this allowed the institution to reflect the values and aspirations of the local community. The Arts and Crafts style also demonstrated an allegiance to British legislative antecedents and a demonstration of loyalty to the Mother Country.

Source: Heritage Planning files, District of Saanich

Éléments caractéristiques

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Old Municipal Hall include its:
- form, scale and massing
- symmetrical and formal front facade
- Arts and Crafts features including a prominent bellcast hipped roof with wide eaves; an open entrance porch with large, square, shingled pillars; and the use of indigenous materials including a fieldstone foundation and cedar shingle cladding
- generous fenestration, including multiple-assembly wood-sash windows




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (C.-B.)

Loi habilitante

Local Government Act, art.967

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation patrimoniale

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes

1965/01/01 à 1965/01/01

Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires
Établir une vie sociale et communautaire
Les mouvements sociaux
Exprimer la vie intellectuelle et culturelle
L'architecture et l'aménagement
Gouverner le Canada
Gouverner et le processus politique
Établir une vie sociale et communautaire
L'organisation communautaire
Un territoire à peupler
Immigration et migration
Un territoire à peupler
Les établissements

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Commerce / Services commerciaux
Établissement de restauration ou de débit de boissons


Hôtel de ville

Architecte / Concepteur

John Charles Malcolm Keith



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Emplacement de la documentation

Heritage Planning files, District of Saanich

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