Estate of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

Estate of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (HM1DTB)

Location: Victoria, BC V8S 1W3 Capital
Country: Canada

N 48° 25.093', W 123° 20.415'

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Le Domaine du Lieutenant-Gouverneur de la Colombie-Britannique

This magnificent estate, residence of the Crown's representatives in British Columbia, is a cultural landscape that boasts a long and remarkable association with this high office. In 1865 the government of the colony purchased Cary Castle, a house located on this site, to serve as the residence of the governor of Vancouver Island. When British Columbia entered Confederation in 1871, Cary Castle became the home to the province's lieutenant governors. The present structure, built in 1957-1959, is the third official residence to occupy the site. Its porte-cochere is a link with the past, in that it was part of the previous building destroyed by fire. The grounds of the estate, originally laid out in the early 20th century under a succession of lieutenant governors, include Picturesque gardens that are constantly evolving, a fine shaded pond, mature trees and a rare Garry Oak ecosystem. The outbuildings, known as the Mews and constructed between 1872 and 1903, are reminders of how a great estate was run in the 19th century. The rich mosaic of varying landscapes gives a charm to an estate that is a notable part of the history of British Columbia.

Ce magnifique domaine, lieu de ridence des reprentants de la Couronne en Colombie-Britannique, constitue un paysage culturel qui se distingue par une longue et remarquable association ? cette haute fonction. D 1865, le gouvernement de la colonie y acquiert une maison, baptis?e Cary Castle, pour loger les gouverneurs de l'?le de Vancouver. Lorsque la Colombie-Britannique adh?re ? la Conf?d?ration en 1871, Cary Castle devient la ridence des lieutenants-gouverneurs de la province. L'acutelle demeure, b?tie en 1957-1959, est la troisi?me ridence officielle ? occuper les lieux; la prence de la porte coch?re, provenant de la maison pr?c?dente d?truite dans un incendie, assure un lien avec la pass?. Les terrains, am?nag ? partir du d?but du XXe si?cle gr?ce ? l'initiative de plusieurs lieutenants-gouverneurs, comprennent des jardins de caract?re pittoresque en constante ?volution, un bel ?tang ombrag?, de grands arbres matures et un pr?cieux ?cosyst?me de ch?nes de Garry. Les communs construits entre 1872 et 1903 rappellent le mode de vie propre ? une grande demeure au XIXe si?cle. Cette riche mosa?que de paysages vari conf?re un cachet ? ce domaine si ?troitement li? ? l'histoire de la Colombie-Britannique.
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HM NumberHM1DTB
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Year Placed2003
Placed ByHistoric Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 2:40pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10U E 474824 N 5362840
Decimal Degrees48.41821667, -123.34025000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 25.093', W 123° 20.415'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 25' 5.58" N, 123° 20' 24.90" W
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Area Code(s)412
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 620 Rockland Pl, Victoria BC V8S 1W3, CA
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