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1017 Catherine Street

1017 Catherine Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V9A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1977/05/12

Exterior view of 1017 Catherine Street, 2003; Victoria Heritage Foundation, Derek Trachsel, 2005
west elevation
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Other Name(s)

1017 Catherine Street
Richard Hamilton House

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Construction Date(s)

1913/01/01 to 1914/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/11/02

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

1017 Catherine Street is a front-gabled, one-and-one-half storey, wood frame house in the Victoria West neighbourhood, across the Inner Harbour from the downtown area of the City of Victoria.

Heritage Value

This house, built in 1913-14, is valued as a definitive example of a local vernacular version of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts style home, with British precedents, that was built in the Victoria area between 1903 and 1914. The house is important as a prime example of the work of designer-builder David Herbert Bale, a prolific Victoria contractor who built many variations of this style before the First World War.

The cultural value of this historic property also lies in the occupations of the family who built it, Richard Jellicoe Hamilton and Louise Sophia Hamilton, and Louise's family, the Madges, who retained ownership of the house until 1967. Richard Hamilton and his son Eric were connected with the canoe and boat rental business on the Gorge and Inner Harbour waterways. These waterways performed an important role both as a means of transportation inland, and as a recreational element in the city's social development. This house is also important because it contributes to the continuity, including the short setback, of historic streetscapes in the neighbourhood, and is part of the Catherine Street Heritage Conservation Area.

Sources: City of Victoria Planning & Development Department; Victoria Heritage Foundation

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of 1017 Catherine Street include its:
- proximity to the Inner Harbour and the Gorge waterway
- short setback from the front of the lot
- Edwardian Vernacular Arts and Crafts style characteristics, including: one-and-a-half storeys; front-gabled roof with the bottom of the gable ending at the top of the first floor; gable-roofed dormers on either side of the roof slopes; inset corner verandah balanced by an octagonal bay window on the front facade
- three square supports at the corner of the verandah
- layers of siding, with shingles in the top of the gables over roughcast and half-timbering, above bevelled siding on the main floor
- wide frieze above the main floor with small dentil row



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.967

Recognition Type

Heritage Designation

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer

David Herbert Bale


David Herbert Bale

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Victoria Planning & Development Department; Victoria Heritage Foundation

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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