1538 Beach Drive, Oak Bay, British Columbia, V8R, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Bide-A-Wee is a two-storey waterfront house located on Beach Drive overlooking "Oak Bay" in the District of Oak Bay.
Bide-A-Wee is important to Oak Bay as the home of Mrs. J. D. Helmcken, widow of Dr. James Douglas Helmcken, a well-known doctor in Victoria son of J.S. Helmcken and grandson of Sir James Douglas. Built in 1922 to replace the family's summer cottage, this home is representative of Oak Bay's transition from sea-side village to suburban bedroom community.
The architectural value of this house lies in its design by the well-known architect Samuel Maclure. The house is important as an example of Maclure's domestic architecture in the American Arts and Crafts genre as illustrated by the detailing (half-timbering and stucco) of the exterior and the formal spaciousness (and fine plasterwork) of the interior. The close proximity of the house to the water and as part of a grouping of homes of similar age, contributes to the character of the Beach Drive streetscape.
Source: Oak Bay Heritage Register
The character-defining elements of Bide-A-Wee include:
- Views between the house and the waterfront.
- Restrained stucco and half-timbering exterior.
- Steeply-pitched roofline with front-facing gables and tall chimneys.
- Original floor plan with a central staircase, outside porches and spacious reception rooms.
- Historic interior detailing such as the fireplaces with mantles and tiles, the plasterwork on the ceiling, and the large picture windows dating from the Helmcken residence in the house (1922 to 1950s).
- Historic garden pathway and close proximity of the house to the street.
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay.
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