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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  • July 28, 2017
    I teach art to 7-8 year olds so I really appreciated learning more about Emily Carr to share with my students. The gardens were lovely to walk through and the gentleman let us in early which was appre...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    I visted here as part of a group of 4 adults this morning. The garden is in glorious flower and well-cared for and the house itself is lovely to look at. Plaques that surround the house have quotes fr...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    If you are an Emily Carr fan, you'll definitely want to visit here to see the house where she was born and lived her childhood. I found it very moving to be in the house and even more especially, walk...  more »

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