639 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9R, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Jones Residence is a one and one-half storey Craftsman style building located in one of Nanaimo's oldest residential neighbourhoods. The historic place is confined to the building footprint.
Built around 1907 and renovated around 1913, the Jones Residence is a superior, sophisticated example of Craftsman style architecture and ornamentation. The original part of the house, now clad in twin-coursed shingles, has an open front verandah, with tapered columns and an arched opening. The addition to the north has a projecting semi-octagonal bay at the front. Throughout the ground floor beveled glass transoms have been used in the casement windows. Pointed verge boards and exposed rafter ends are also hallmarks of the Craftsman style. The house has now been duplexed but its essential form remains intact.
The Jones Residence is a rare surviving example of the type of superior housing that predominated in this area, known as Nob Hill, from its first development around 1870 until around 1910. Here, the city's commercial and professional elite built substantial homes. By the early 20th century, Nanaimo's middle classes were relocating to areas further north and west, away from the city centre. Today, the neighbourhood is a mix of apartment buildings, boarding houses and single family houses and has lost much of its upscale character, but surviving early residences, such as this building, testify to the original nature of the area.
Source: City of Nanaimo, Development Services Department
The character-defining elements of the Jones Residence include:
-all of the elements of the Craftsman style as expressed in the horizontal proportions, twin coursed shingle cladding, wooden-sash casement windows, beveled glass transoms on ground floor, side gable roof, pointed rafter ends and verge boards, projecting front bay, and porch with tapered square columns.
-the building's location in one of Nanaimo's oldest neighbourhoods.
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
1913/01/01 to 1913/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Nanaimo, Development Services Department
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