Hi everyone, welcome to our first post on our new dedicated server! We hope the move didn’t cause too many service disruptions for everyone. We’re pretty excited to be here now in control of our site, and rest assured the move was all worth it as we will have some changes coming.
We thought we’d start our new adventure together with a visit to one of our very favorite things; historic architecture.
This is the Metchosin Schoolhouse. It is in absolutely wonderful condition and very well maintained. The classic heritage architectural details are truly rich here, really bringing all the fabulous character of the facility to life for all to enjoy. You’ll notice that the windows on the side are actually boarded over and painted to look like the original windows.
What a quaint little place. The windows are boarded over to keep the artifacts inside safe from UV damage from sunlight, and we’re told that the treasures that are held here are really something special. Expect to see these treasures in future posts as we have been promised easy access! We’re pretty excited about that opportunity and are looking forward to doing this very soon.
Class was first held here in the spring of 1872 with Mrs. Fisher at the helm. This is apparently the first schoolhouse built in BC after Confederation and is well-known in the Metchosin and surrounding areas. It is a really important part of the history and character of Vancouver Island.
We were told that the building has been moved from its original location, which is nearby. Regardless, lower Vancouver Island in 1872 in the winter would be a harsh and unforgiving place, one that presented the local inhabitants with challenges in basic survival. When we were looking for good compositions of the fabulous facility we encountered this old water pump. It cast such an interesting shape in the garden, one that most definitely spoke of living in tune with the surroundings, the nature around you.
We’re not exactly sure what the exact purpose of this outbuilding is, but the lines it presented and the rich moss on the roof created a great compositional opportunity. You’ll also notice that there are two chimney stacks on the back of the schoolhouse. One is clearly newer than the other, probably replacing the original one due to safety concerns.
As mentioned, we are going to shoot all the artifacts inside in the very near future. It’s really one of our favorite aspects to our photography practice; the ability to document meaningful historic places and pieces to share with future generations. Each one of these wonderful experiences exposes a little of the character and the people who lived here and used these places a long time ago. Their fingerprint clearly remains today, and we’re thrilled to have a chance to share this with a wider audience.
Given this is our first post on our brand new server, we think this is the perfect way to acknowledge this event. Bringing the past forward to today.
Thanks for your visit, we really appreciate you taking the time. We encourage everyone to leave us any comments that you may have as we love to hear from all our visitors.