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C.B. Ghezzi House

2089 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2000/03/20

Exterior view of the C.B. Ghezzi House, 2005; City of Kelowna, 2005
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/03/12

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The historic place is the one-and-one-half-storey wood-frame C.B. Ghezzi House, built in 1945 and located at 2089 Pandosy Street, in Kelowna's South Central neighbourhood.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the C.B. Ghezzi House lies primarily in its close association with the early wine industry in the Kelowna area. The historic place is also a good example of housing built at the end of the Second World War.

R.C. Wilson built this house in 1945 for Carlo B. and Angelina (Gina) O. Ghezzi. Both have importance for their association with Kelowna's wine industry, then in its infancy. Gina Ghezzi was the sister of pioneer vintner Pasquale Capozzi's wife, Maria. Carlo was winemaker at Calona Wines (owned in part by the Capozzi family) since at least 1936, and later became production manager at the winery, a position he held until his death in 1963. Gina stayed in the house for some years after Carlo's death. She became a self-taught artist in oils, and died in 1989.

Carlo Ghezzi had come to Kelowna with his father, Giuseppe (Joseph) Ghezzi, who in 1931 was looking at creating a winery to use up excess apples. Together with future B.C. Premier W.A.C. Bennett and Pasquale 'Cap' Capozzi, both prominent local businessmen (and, reportedly, both teetotalers), they established Domestic Wines and By-Products, which soon shifted from fermenting apples to grapes and, in 1934, changed its name to 'Calona Wines Ltd.' Joseph Ghezzi left for California soon after the winery was established, but Carlo remained and prospered in the industry.

The house is representative of housing built immediately after the War. The cross-gabled form resembles houses of a decade or two earlier, but the relatively low-pitched roofs, lack of a front-facing dormer window, and the bland stucco walls show a new simplification of form that anticipates modernist design.

Source: City of Kelowna Planning Department

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the C.B. Ghezzi House include its:
- location on Pandosy Street, in Kelowna's South Central neighbourhood
- residential form, scale and massing, as expressed by its one-and-one-half-storey height and L-shaped plan
- Medium-to-low-pitched, cross-gabled roof with a gable facing the street
- two brick chimneys
- small, enclosed entrance porch with a low arch over the entry
- two-over-one and three-over-one double-hung, wood-sash windows, and fixed window with gentle arch over it, all with plain, narrow, wood trim
- oval window in the central gable
- mature landscaping on the side yards



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

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Community Heritage Register

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Developing Economies
Technology and Engineering
Peopling the Land

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Single Dwelling

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R.C. Wilson

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City of Kelowna Planning Department

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