Emily Carr House, Victoria

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Emily Carr House is a National Historic Site of Canada located in Victoria, British Columbia. It was the childhood home of Canadian painter Emily Carr, and had a lasting impression on her paintings and writings.Early historyBuilt in 1863 for the affluent Carr family,house was originally situated at 44 Carr Street on a large property owned by Emily Carr's father, Richard. The building was designed in an Italianate style by prominent local architects Wright & Saunders, who also built another Victorian National Historic Site, the Fisgard Lighthouse. The area was the heart of 19th century Victoria, with many other merchants, businessmen, and politicians such as the Dunsmuirs living in the area, many of whom commissioned other important buildings, such as Helmcken House. Structurally, the building is an excellent, and well-preserved, heritage example of the Italianate villa style popular at the time.However, the site is most notable for its association with Emily Carr. Born in 1871, Carr spent much of her life within walking distance of her family home, and the environment left a lasting impression on her which is mentioned in all of her books. In The Book of Small, a young Emily offers a description of Carr street, and her house, as it appeared around 1880:
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  • This is not your average museum, but that's one of my favorite things about it! It's located in her childhood home and the place is small, so you can go through in just an hour or so. There's a good a...  more »
  • Artist and author Emily Carr - more famous after her death than during her lifetime - was born in this house in December 1871. Now a provincial heritage site, the house has a resident curator (who bro...  more »
  • House is nice and what you would expect some interesting neighbors and sites close by were a surprise. Typical Victoria home  more »

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