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1241 Monterey Avenue

1241 Monterey Avenue, Oak Bay, British Columbia, V8S, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2004/03/08

Exterior view of 1241 Monterey Avenue, 2004; Corporation of the District of Oak Bay 2004.
West elevation
Exterior view of 1241 Monterey Avenue, 2004; Corporation of the District of Oak Bay 2004.
Rock retaining wall at the front of the property.
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Other Name(s)

1241 Monterey Avenue
Mrs. Louise M. B. Dodds Home

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/01/16

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The property at 1241 Monterey consists of a one storey Craftsman style bungalow in the South Foul Bay/Windsor area of Oak Bay.

Heritage Value

This well-preserved bungalow is important as part of the architectural and development history of Oak Bay - specifically as part of the pre-war building boom of 1912-14. Built in 1912, this house is historically linked to Oak Bay as the home of the widow of Robert E. Dodds, Mrs. Louise M.B. Dodds.

The home is architecturally important as an example of the work of prominent Victoria architect J.C.M. Keith (who also designed Christ Church Cathedral). This bungalow is notable for its shingle style, quality stone construction and Arts and Crafts design detailing. The house is simple in plan and appearance, but it is the stonework and unique architectural detailing that contribute to the importance of the building within the streetscape.

The location of the property on Monterey Avenue in central Oak Bay is significant as it is within walking distance to the transit system on Oak Bay Avenue - the streetcar lines have now been replaced by a bus route - and is linked to the progression of urban development within Oak Bay and Victoria's suburban development.

Source: The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay.

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the character of the 1241 Monterey Avenue include:
- The close proximity of the house to Monterey and Oak Bay Avenues.
- Location of the house at the center of its original lot.
- Elements of the bungalow design demonstrated by the shingle siding, inset porch, leaded glass windows, and bell-cast roof.
- Prominence of stone building materials, such as the granite columns, corner posts, masonry foundation and rock retaining wall with entrance gates at the front of the property.
- Authentic interior Arts and Crafts detailing, such as the fir flooring, original fireplaces and intact woodwork.



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

J.C.M. Keith


E. Hume

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay

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