Victoria & Its Remarkable Buildings
Echoes of Empire
by Robin Ward
In Echoes of Empire, Robin Ward describes 65 of Victoria's best-known sites, with delightful commentary on the people who commissioned them, designed them, built them and occupied them.
Book DescriptionVictoria, the capital of British Columbia, is home to some of the finest turn-of-the-century architecture in Canada.
Through Ward's wry, piercing and knowledgeable eye, we meet Francis Rattenbury, the flamboyant twenty-five-yearold designer of the opulent Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel, whose career dissolved in scandal; Robert Dunsmuir, the tycoon who built an extravagant Scottish baronial castle; artist Emily Carr, premier Amor De Cosmos, and the Natives, missionaries and military men who made Victoria a city where cedar shakes, classical columns, pagoda roofs and heavenly spires jostle in a beautiful and contented ensemble.