Grande Ol’ Dames

Posted: 29th January 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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As things progress here at The Hollow, we find ourselves increasingly excited and in wonder of the surroundings of our beloved swamp.  During our daily adventures we are noticing homes and buildings that may not have been of much interest previously are now catching our eye.  It’s bigger than us, we’ve got to document these beautiful buildings and share them with you in the hopes you can see the same beauty we do.  Let’s spend some time together and really enjoy today’s 4 new images.

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

This beautiful home is situated right on the Gorge overlooking the park and waterway.  I can just imagine the view they have from inside, but I can honestly say the image we see looking at the home is one of incredible beauty.  This home is in incredible condition.  Obviously very well-loved and maintained, this home provides a wonderful example of classic architecture in Victoria.  The white paint is in great shape, and in contrast with the red in the upper section, really adds a lot of punch to the scene.  Stained glass inserts, lead pained windows, and the curtains in the upper window…  elements of incredible beauty that add so much to this wonderful sight.

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

This incredible home is just so interesting on several levels.  The initial view really highlights the tall and narrow architecture of the home.  The double front peaks and twin fireplace chimneys immediately take us back to an earlier time.  The shades over the window and front entrance are completely classic elements, and the image really captures the weathering which further creates a sense of an older time.  The green scalloped details on the front of the house are definitely cues from a time past, and they truly add a lot of depth.  Several signs adorn the front of the house and yard informing us that Guard Dogs live here…  I grabbed this image quickly and moved along to avoid becoming some form of dog food for a large and angry moose.  The late-model vehicle and motorcycle in the front creates a sense of irony in the scene.

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

This is hands-down my favorite image of today’s series.  You’ll notice the bay windows on the second floor, again this house sits directly in front of the Gorge Park and Waterway, the view from inside must be absolutely incredible.  The iron fence and stonework are really incredible, obviously the work of an early artisan in our city.  The details in the carving of the wood around the windows and the columns that separate the floors are obviously the work of very talented woodworkers from the earliest days in the city.  A shuttered window at the peak of the home really adds a dramatic artistic element to the home, truly helping make this scene what it is.  Today this building is composed of several apartment buildings, but I admit I stood and stared at this home for a bit, imagining what it must have been like to live here 100 years ago when the building was a single family dwelling.  The views and setting of this home are incredible, this is definitely one of the better areas of town.

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

Classic Home, Victoria, BC

This home was probably designed and built in the 40’s or 50’s.  It is situated directly on the Gorge Park and Waterway as are the other homes in today’s post.  I found it astounding to see such a difference between this home and some of the others highlighted today, this home obviously isn’t as well maintained as the others.  I was left with a distinct feeling that the same folks who bought this house new still reside there, and the ravages and weathering of time on the home has become something that just isn’t a priority for the folks to deal with.  I could be entirely wrong, but I felt myself feeling melancholy for the owners and the home, at one time this house was a new and exciting place that a young family was excited to move into.  The stucco siding is starting to display elements of wear and is becoming dirty, with years of weather leaving stains as the relentless rain of the region drives against the house.  The detailed woodwork is starting to peel, the blinds in the windows are well used and are showing their wear as well.  But, the wooden front door is absolutely beautiful and this scene is filled with both joy and sadness at the same time.

We really hope you enjoyed talking a brief stroll with us today to see the homes on the Gorge.  Please feel free to leave a comment, we love to hear from everyone and thanks for taking the time to pop by!




  1. Charming is the first word that comes to mind when I ponder these images. They’re uniquely beautiful. You can get your head around their size; no pretentious, tasteless McMansions here. I want to see ’round back!

  2. LOL Wonderful comments today, my friend, thank you so much! I hear you my friend, there is a lot of wonder to take in with these old homes… we’re missing some of the story and details here. For me, I just don’t see anything in terms of modern styling that even comes close to the interest and character you find in these Grande Ol’ Dames!! 🙂

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  4. Great shots, Toad. Do you do real estate photography, because it def. looks as if you have the knack for it!

    • Hey thanks Chris, that’s awefully nice of you! I’d be a total liar if I didn’t say that was on out ToDo list that’s for sure! It’s definitely one of our longer terms goals here at The Hollow! Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving such a wonderful comment today. I really appreciate that!

  5. Great photos and descriptions. A lovely series.

  6. avatar Justin says:

    I have a special place in my heart for old homes. Thanks for sharing this great little series. I love it!