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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  • The Emily Carr House is the home of the famous writer and painter Emily Carr. It is located at the corner of Government and Simcoe Street, just south of the Parliament of British Columbia and the Royal British Columbia Museum. I found it not easy to find the House, because it is located in a residential area, differs very little from the surrounding houses, and the small sign on the garden was overgrown when I visit pretty much of plants and therefore difficult to detect. The House is something of the street set back in a large, well-kept garden. The entrance is located on the rear side of the House; entering the House through the winter garden. In the winter garden you can drink tea or lemonade and eat home-made, very tasty cookies. The House is maintained by a private initiative, and the staff understands and willingly provide information. In the living room of the House an about half an hour documentary about Emily Carr, Georgia o' shows O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo, based on a thesis on Emily Carr. Very interesting movie with poignant insights about the life of these three painters. You can also watch the entire lower floor of the apartment building. Some furniture is original but faithfully reproduced, some wallpapers and pieces of furniture. The House offers an interesting insight into the life of the painter and writer. I would have liked with information about the birth and death of parents and siblings but a few boards. Also a short "curriculum vitae" would have been not bad, as well as an overview of their most important pictures and books. I got with that she has spent some time in England and France, has returned after the death of her parents to Victoria and has taught there children and a very good expert of the various First Nations in British Columbia, was what in their Reflected images and fonts. For me, it was at times difficult to reassemble these fragments to an image. In Canada and perhaps the United States Emily Carr is not apparently very well known in Europe but unfortunately. I've seen pictures of her for the first time last year at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, but hardly anything about it knew. For Canadians, this is different, but I would have liked more systematic background information about them.
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  • Not many people ousude of Canada have heard about Emily Carr. I went to art school in the US and never heard of her. It was not until I traveled to Victoeia, BC that I heard about her. She was a femal...  more »
  • This historic home is a bit of a walk from other tourist sites around the Inner Harbour. There is some free parking on site. The home is like stepping back in time with lots of artifacts of Emily Carr...  more »

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