Just as every tree begins with a single seed, all cities, towns, and villages began with the courage and vision of a single person. These seeds turn into oak trees if tended to and left to flourish. And as every tree matures it drops acorns everywhere and soon a grove emerges.
We find ourselves back at Ross Bay Villa taking a look at the finished Dining Room in this article. As we learned in our post “An Afternoon At The Villa“, this fabulous heritage house was saved from demolition by TLC The Land Conservancy of BC, a group of people dedicated to preserving our history and heritage. Without their hard work, dedication, and passion, none of this would be here today for us all to enjoy.
Dinners were grand events, and many important people from the era sat in this very room and discussed important happenings of the time. As evidenced by the beautiful and rich details, the people who work for TLC are set on perfection. The amount of time and effort that goes into sourcing the decorative items and furniture for this room really adds so much to the overall character. These folks love doing what they do, and it shows.
The antique fireplace was carefully restored and the original floors are accented by the period-correct furniture. As restoration of the fireplace started, volunteers were perplexed when they discovered heaps of broken glass in the wall spaces by the fire box. A little investigation revealed that this was common practice to help buffer the heat and reduce the chance of a house fire. The decorations, carefully placed, add dashes of color to the warm setting. The 3D relief painting by the door is a wonderful hand-made example of the intricate and unique furnishings of the time.
The age alone of this wonderful old home is sure to fill it with the spirit and energy of those who lived here over the years, but when the rich history is introduced a wonderful tapestry of how this city itself was formed begins to emerge. Frank Roscoe as an early MP for the city of Victoria in the 1870’s, and the Roscoe family, was truly one of those key families that tend to be partially responsible for the core creation and development of many of our modern cities in North America.
Even the dining room table is an authentic representation of the furniture from a benefactor to TLC. The chandelier was also really interesting. It has a mechanism that allows it be to raised and lowered, making it easy to light and extinguish the candles for those elegant evenings of fine dining and intoxicating conversation.
The Roscoes had a live-in cook who was responsible for preparing the lavish meals and attending to the needs of the guests. Having just arrived from Europe to settle this new land, these touches of elegance and privileged living would surely have been a welcomed anchor back to their homeland.
This is a celebration of rich tones, color and texture. These kinds of antique cabinets were the source of pride for the owner, allowing them to store their finest bone china and silverware and display some of their favorite trinkets. Again, the colors are all deep and warm, bringing so much personality to the scene. Note the beautiful golden velvet chair in the corner, just beckoning visitors to sit a spell and relax.
This is without a doubt one of our favorite pictures from this shoot. The simple elegance and beauty of a white vase full of white blooms produces a striking contrast. This truly speaks to the feeling invoked while standing here in person. Simple beauty; simple elegance.
I love this scene, it personifies our entire love for this genre of image creation. One can just imagine the sunlight dancing on the shoulders of those who sat at this elegant desk to pen heartfelt love letters and beautiful poetry, occasionally glancing out the window for inspiration.
As we leave the party and head for the outdoors to see the gardens and grounds at Ross Bay Villa, we take a final parting look at an interesting doorknob. Even simple things like this doorknob and the antique key really deliver a sense of interest to the overall setting and give the visitor a chance to experience a different way of life. Things are indeed different in today’s modern world, and the chance to spend a moment or two in such a place is tantamount to finding a rip in time. If not for all the hard work and dedication of people like the folks at TLC, many of these scenes would be relegated to story books and history tomes.
As we said, our next post will be featuring the outdoor gardens and grounds. TLC has done a wonderful job in recreating those in perfect fashion, producing another compelling feature for Ross Bay Villa’s visitors to come and enjoy. Stay tuned everyone, we’re just getting started!!
Thank you so kindly for taking the time to visit us here, we really appreciate all your support. As always, we encourage all our visitors to leave us any comments that you may have as we really do love to hear from everyone.