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Grayson House

2483 Cranmore Road, Oak Bay, British Columbia, V8R, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2003/04/26

Exterior view of Grayson House, 2005; Corporation of the District of Oak Bay, 2005
east elevation
Exterior view of Grayson House, 2005; Corporation of the District of Oak Bay, 2005
front facade, north elevation
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Other Name(s)

Grayson House
Thomas J. Grayson House

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/01/31

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Grayson house was built in 1912, and is a two storey, foursquare style house on a corner lot.

Heritage Value

The Grayson House is valued as Oak Bay's best example of a foursquare style home. Its prominent presence on this busy street corner adds to the character of the immediate neighbourhood.

Built by contractor Thomas J. Grayson of Thomas Grayson & Sons, contractors, as his own home, this house was undoubtedly a pattern book design, popular at that period, and probably situated as an example of the firm's capabilities. It has a shallow bell-cast hip roof and wide soffits. The wide porch is supported on granite piers, and wraps partly around to the east facade, culminating in a Craftsman-style gable with notched bargeboards, taking advantage of its corner location.

This house also represents the development of double lots within Oak Bay. It was not uncommon for homes to be built on a double lot, with the second lot being developed some years late. The lot to the west at 2465 Cranmore was developed in 1928, also by Grayson, who at this time was living on nearby Montieth Street.

Source: Corporation of the District of Oak Bay

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the character of the Grayson House:
- original exterior cladding: upper floor clad in stucco; main floor in wood shingles and basement level in siding
- two brick chimneys: one exterior on the east facade; one interior on the SW corner
- large open porch across the front of the house with original wooden railings; wooden railings on upper porch over entry
- large archway springing from two porch posts, over front stairs, and the entry porch ceiling is a shallow barrel vault in tongue and groove wood.
- large granite porch piers with red pointing
- shallow bell-cast hip roof, featuring a Craftsman-style gable with notched bargeboards and prominent soffits with modillion brackets
- stained glass windows in stairway window on west side; stained glass on upper floor, south side; also entry door
- leaded glass casement windows on upper floors; leaded upper sash on upper double-hung windows on east facade
- double height hanging bay windows on east facade
- single height hanging bay windows on south facade



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)

1928/01/01 to 1928/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling
Multiple Dwelling

Architect / Designer



Thomas Grayson and Sons

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Corporation of the District of Oak Bay

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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