For May! A Heritage House Tour and a Lecture!

The Eclectic Heritage Home Tour 2016

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A Sunday afternoon self-guided Tour featuring 9 iconic homes selected from 150 years of domestic architecture, in and around Victoria B. C.

Sunday afternoon
May 29, 2016
12 noon to 5pm

The Tour includes:

• Emily Carr’s celebrated “House of All Sorts”

• An exquisitely restored and decorated Art Deco jewel from the 1940s

• A 1914 British Arts & Crafts bungalow by renowned architect Samuel Maclure

• A contemporary, cutting edge 21st Century prototype

And three more specially-chosen homes and two special tour stops…

Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the garden at Ross Bay Villa as part of your tour.

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The Eclectic Heritage Home Tour is sponsored by the Ross Bay Villa Society and the Victoria Heritage Foundation.


All proceeds from the Tour will fund the preservation, maintenance and programs at Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum.


Please Note:
• No children under 10 (except infants in front carriers).
Ross Bay Villa is the only Tour stop that is wheelchair accessible.


Oilcloth sample from Governor's Mansion Millidgeville Alabama Stuart photoLecture:

The Restoration of Ross Bay Villa:
The Devil (and Delight!) is in the detail

Thursday evening, May 19, 2016
7:30pm  Admission $10 each

Ross Bay tassel and WP borderSimone Vogel-Horridge, fine arts conservator, and president of the Ross Bay Villa Society, will take you through the restoration process at Ross Bay Villa.

She will talk about how an old house – facing demolition in 1999 – was transformed, and became a historic site open to the public for tours, and one of the few 1860s houses that still survive in Victoria.

Space is Limited. Please Reserve.
To Reserve, please email:
Tickets are $10 each, and may be paid at the door on the evening.

An Auricula Theatre

Now in the Garden for Spring!


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Ross Bay Villa has recreated a Victorian garden feature, popular during the 1860s and 1870s.

Auricula flowers have a delicate, floury-like dust on them, which can be disturbed by rain. An Auricula Theatre shelters the plants and shows them to their best advantage.

Popular in the 19th century, the earliest Auricula Theatre known exists at Calke Abbey in England. Dating from 1830, it displays over 150 Auricula plants.

Our display is more modest, as befitting the size of the house and garden. Ross Bay Villa’s annual Auricula Theatre display showcases seventeen Auricula plants, and will be featured in the April and May spring season opposite the front door.

We invite you to come see this Victorian garden feature and visit the house for a tour – held each Saturday at 2pm.

Welcome to Ross Bay Villa!

Ross Bay Villa FINAL FINAL Fundraising Brochure PHOTOSHOPPEDRoss Bay Villa was the home of Francis James Roscoe and his wife Anna Letitia from 1865 to 1879.
While living there, they had five children: Mary, Katherine, Francis, Millicent and Thomas.

Roscoe was a Member of Parliament for Victoria from 1874 to 1878.  Prior to becoming an M.P., he was a staunch supporter of British Columbia joining Confederation in 1871.

After his election, he fought for British Columbia and worked at making sure that the terms of Confederation were maintained – specifically the promised joining of British Columbia with the rest of the country with a continental railway – the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Ross Bay Villa has been preserved and restored to the way it would have looked when the Roscoe family were in residence. The Entry Hall; Drawing Room; and Dining Room have all been restored to the 1865-1879 appearance.

One of the three bedrooms is currently an office for  the Old Cemeteries Society, which leads Sunday tours of the historic Ross Bay Cemetery, directly across the street from Ross Bay Villa. Their rental income helps to preserve the house and garden.

Ross Bay Villa – and the volunteer society that has been working to preserve and restore this rare 1865 house since 1999 – welcomes visitors.

Please see our ‘Visit’ section for times of tours and email contact information.

Please see our ‘Calendar’ section for all of the tours and events at Ross Bay Villa!

We will have lectures, workshops and other events scheduled throughout the year. Please check our calendar and website for updates and details.