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Charlewood House

2664 Orchard Avenue, Oak Bay, British Columbia, V8S, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2005/03/29

Exterior view of the Charlewood House, 2005; Corporation of the District of Oak Bay, 2005
Front facade, east elevation
Exterior view of the garage at the Charlewood House, 2005; Corporation of the District of Oak Bay, 2005
East elevation
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Other Name(s)

Charles Benjamin Charlewood House
Charlewood House

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/02/13

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Charlewood House is a Georgian-style, 2 1/2 storey home with garage, situated in the Marina area of South Oak Bay.

Heritage Value

The Charlewood House is valued for its formal architectural design and for its association with architect Karl Spurgin.

Georgian formality was popular in the 1920s and this home is one of the best examples in Oak Bay. The home is significant as a landmark in the neighbourhood, effectively terminating the vista north along Deal Street. The house presents a formal, symmetrical facade to the street, with matched bay windows flanking the copper sheathed entry canopy. The hipped roof with a central dormer is flanked by matching stucco-clad chimneys. The formal landscape treatment, with shallow stone walled terrace and matched plantings, completes the symmetry of the design.

The house has further value as an excellent example of architect Karl Spurgin's residential commissions of the 1920s and 1930s. His other commissions included: Mt. Baker Court (apartments); Patio Court - a group of 5 houses; and in 1929, with partner William Semeyn, he designed Oak Bay High School in the California Mission style.

Source: Corporation of the District of Oak Bay

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements defining the heritage character of the Charlewood House include:
- symmetrical Georgian design with formal plantings and terraces flanking the entry
- hipped roof with central dormer flanked by matching stucco-clad chimneys
- original stucco facade with four engaged pilasters; two bay windows and original wooden shutters on upper windows
- the copper clad entry canopy
- the placement of the house on its site, defining the vista down Deal Street
- the siting of the original architect designed garage at the rear of the lot, so as not to detract from the formality of the architectural composition
- the original colour scheme of grey stucco, white trim and green shutters; and copper canopy
- the carefully designed fenestration, a mixture of double hung and casement windows that define the design.



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer

Karl B. Spurgin


Hunter and Halkett

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Corporation of the District of Oak Bay

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