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Fintry Manor House

near Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1996/04/30

Fintry Manor House; Ministry of Environment, BC Parks, 2010
front view
Fintry Manor House; Ministry of Environment, BC Parks, 2010
back view
Fintry Manor House; Ministry of Environment, BC Parks, 2010

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Construction Date(s)

1910/01/01 to 1911/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2011/02/24

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Fintry Manor House is the one-and-a-half storey building with a prominent stone foundation set in a garden landscape near the shore of Okanagan Lake in Fintry Provincial Park near Kelowna, British columbia. It is part of a complex of related buildings and structures known locally as the Fintry Estate.

Heritage Value

The Fintry Manor House is of social, scientific, cultural and aesthetic value, and is most important for its association with James Cameron Dun-Waters, who took ownership of the land in 1908, built the house in 1910-1911, and developed the estate as a working farm and orchard. Shortly before he died in 1939, Dun-Waters sold Fintry Estate to Fairbridge Farm Schools for one dollar. This philanthropic organization, dedicated to providing education and practical skills to young British orphans, operated the farm unitl 1948.

The Manor House siting is important, both for the general spaciousness and cultivated nature of the grounds immediately surrounding the house, and for the particular parts of that landscape that are associated with Dun-Waters: the concrete circle and pedestal for a sundial (which is now lost) and the grave of Alice, Dun-Waters' first wife.

The form and character of the house are culturally and aesthetically important for being markedly different from the estate's surrounding agricultural buildings and infrastructure, lending the estate an air of being both a pioneer settlement and an outpost of British tradition. The Manor House, the Octagonal Dairy Barn, and Burnside (the house for the estate manager) were all designed by Dun-Waters' university friend, fellow immigrant to Canada, and architect John James Honeyman, partner in the early provincial architectural firm Honeyman and Curtis. The layout of the main floor rooms of the Manor House is important as an example of bungalow planning in the British tradition.

The house is important for the extensive use of local granite, significant because it was quarried by the owner from the nearby hillside, because it is the only aspect of the original 1908 house to have survived a major fire in 1924 that destroyed most of the building, and because it was deployed in a manner that lends an air of established substance to the estate not characteristic of other pioneer buildings in the valley. The stone detailing of the exterior walls of the 1924 trophy room and the front verandah are historically significant because they distinguish between the original house and the additions constructed after the 1924 fire.

The building is important for its recreational value as part of the provincial park experience, for its use as a venue for community teas and tours, as a stop on the self-guided tour, and for its historical interpretation. Aspects of the interior associated with Dun-Waters are culturally and aesthetically important, revealing the pioneer's dual passions for Old World stateliness and New World wilderness (most effectively conveyed in the contents of the trophy room.)

Source: Ministry of Environment, BC Parks

Character-Defining Elements

Key character-defining elements of the Fintry Manor House include:

-extensive surrounding cultivated landscape, predominantly lawn
-Alice's grave, set amid roses
-concrete circle and pedestal for sundial

-bungalow form
-window bay facing north
-stone walls, both from the original 1908 house and 1924 south addition
-stone and rendered chimneys
-verandah addition
-rear verandah, including posts and tongue-and-groove board soffit
-wood soffits
-wood windows and their original hardware
-decorative glass lites with lead caming
-interior finishes specified by Dun-Waters
-furnishings, floor coverings, and cabinetry collected by Dun-Waters
-hunting trophies



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Province of British Columbia

Recognition Statute

Park Act, s.5

Recognition Type

Provincial Park (Establishment)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1924/01/01 to 1939/01/01
1939/01/01 to 1948/01/01
1924/01/01 to 1924/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Historic or Interpretive Site


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

John James Honeyman



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Ministry of Environment, BC Parks

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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