“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific


Craigdarroch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Lester, November 14, 2013
1. Craigdarroch Marker
Inscription. Built for coal magnate Robert Dunsmuir, Craigdarroch symbolized the desire of late 19th-century industrialists to assert their social position through conspicuous displays of wealth. Completed in 1890, the eclectic mansion features exquisite detailing in stone, stained glass, wrought iron and fine woods. Designers, craftsmen and materials were drawn from all over North America, marking a new age in construction made possible by transcontinental rail systems. This imposing landmark is among the largest and most ornate 19th-century mansions in Western Canada.

Construit pour le magnat du charbon Robert Dunsmuir, le manoir Craigdarroch illustre la volonté des industriels de la fin du XIXe siècle d'afficher leur rang dans la hiérarchie sociale en érigeant de luxueuses demeures. Achevé en 1890, l'édifice allie avec raffinement pierre, vitraux, fer forgé et riches boiseries. L'avènement du chemin de fer ouvrit une autre page de l'histoire architecturale du pays, attirant des créateurs et des artisans de toute l'Amérique du Nord et donnant accès à de nouveaux matériaux. Cette imposante résidence est l'une des plus spacieuses et des plus ornementées de l'Ouest canadien au XIXe siècle.
Erected 1999 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Craigdarroch image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Lester, November 14, 2013
2. Craigdarroch
48° 25.367′ N, 123° 20.621′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert Dunsmuir (here, next to this marker); Rockland Cairn (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The People and the Lieutenant Governor (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Role of the Lieutenant Governor (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Royal and Distinguished Visitors (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Sir Anthony Musgrave (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Order of Canada / Ordre du Canada (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Hosaqami (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Victoria.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 65 times this year. Last updated on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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