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1459 Vining Street

1459 Vining Street, Victoria, Colombie-Britannique, V8R, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1988/09/08

Exterior view of 1459 Vining Street; Victoria Heritage Foundation, Derek Trachsel, 2005.
North elevation
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Autre nom(s)

1459 Vining Street
Thomas C. Donovan, Sr. Home

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction

1898/01/01 à 1901/01/01

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2005/11/02

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

1459 Vining Street is an ornate two-storey brick house on the high end of Vining Street, east of the downtown area of the City of Victoria.

Valeur patrimoniale

This house, built 1898-1901, is important as one of Victoria's finest surviving brick residences, and one of its best masonry examples of the Queen Anne style, in this case with Romanesque elements. It is also valued because its style is unique in the Victoria area: it is much more like an Eastern Canadian house that was called Bay-n-Gable style in Toronto. The house contributes to the continuity of the historic Vining streetscape, and its prominent roofline and chimneys are viewed between houses on nearby Belmont Avenue.

The house is significant as an example of the fine workmanship of owner and builder Thomas Donovan, one of Victoria's most accomplished masons, who worked both as a contractor and as foreman for the construction of the Inner Harbour Causeway in 1905. It is notable that Donovan, like many other builders in Fernwood and Victoria, married someone related to the building fraternity: his wife Jessie Terry was the daughter of Fernwood resident, bricklayer John Terry.

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

Éléments caractéristiques

The character-defining elements of 1459 Vining Street include:
- Queen Anne elements, including: steep, flared hipped roof with two cross-gables; two-storey cutaway bay window asymmetrically placed on the front and two- storey square bay window with a second-floor balcony on the right (west) side
- Queen Anne variety in surface treatment, such as: diagonal brickwork for some of the window lintels, masonry interposed in the brickwork, patterned belt course between first and second floors, arch over second-floor front windows
- Romanesque elements, including: broken-bed pediment gable and returned eaves in the front bay, frieze under the eaves cornice
- diamond window in the gable peak
- corbelled brick brackets
- two intricately corbelled chimneys
- inset corner entry porch with two Classical columns with an unusual series of rings on their shafts connecting them to the walls
- brick foundation on stone footings




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (C.-B.)

Loi habilitante

Local Government Act, art.967

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation patrimoniale

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Exprimer la vie intellectuelle et culturelle
L'architecture et l'aménagement
Économies en développement

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Logement unifamilial


Architecte / Concepteur



Thomas C. Donovan

Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

City of Victoria Planning & Development Department; Victoria Heritage Foundation

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