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School is out; happy summer holidays

This building must be the oldest brick school building in the area. On top of that it is beautiful, being rather formal but with lots of great detail (click for the enlargement and click again to enjoy some of that detail). William Tuff Whiteway (1856–1940), one of BC’s top architects was the designer. Initially he moved around a lot, which probably means that he was somewhat controversial. One of the things he was criticized for was working with a Mr Chow who was not licensed as an architect due to not being white. The bottom line is that his work definitely has survived him very nicely.

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Wandering through Vancouver or Victoria this architect’s work can be seen all over the place and it is great to have an example of  his oeuvre in my small town home Duncan.

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12 responses to “School is out; happy summer holidays

  1. That last photo is my favorite. The large triangle on top, and small triangle below create some form of chemistry for me with all the angles and curves around them.

    • Thank you for that comment Angeline. It is that for ever reality, that once you have what you want move a little closer (either by zoom or relocation) to show the details and its interaction. The close up also brings out the visual cleverness of the architects design. To me the building is at least as nice as any of this man’s buildings I’ve seen in Vancouver and Victoria.

  2. What a lovely set, Joseph, you’ve really captured the personality and character of what is one of my favorite buildings in town!

    • Hello Mr Toad, thank you. The building is so much part of the scene that one has to make a point of stopping and admiring it, because otherwise the building just stands there largely unnoticed.

    • Thank you, it is a nice one for the photographer because, unlike many buildings, it has lots of room all the way around for taking photographs from every angle, from near or far.

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  4. ehpem

    Another nice collection of photos. This is a very nice building – great details, nicely photographed. You had great light to work with. I like best the fourth image, with the trees. It has a very west coast feel to it.

    • Walking around the building I saw nice angles everywhere, and the timing of this little expedition was planned with the beautiful light in mind. Not another soul around; room to move. Yes, I have fond memories of this little shoot.

  5. Reblogged this on and commented:
    One of my favorite things about architecture is how deeply engrained into our culture it is; how easy it is to distinguish a school building from a courthouse, a store, etc.

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