Architecture

Francis Rattenbury and British Columbia

Author: Anthony A. Barrett

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN:

Category: Architecture

Page: 405

View: 800

Yorkshire-born Francis Mawson Rattenbury (1867-1935) emigrated to British Columbia as a young architect in 1892. Within months of his arrival in Victoria he launched his brilliant, if abbreviated, career by winning an international competition to design the legislative buildings. While his life was marred by controversy, scandal and, in the end, tragedy, Rattenbury's architecture had an enduring impact on the Canadian landscape and his commercial ventures were important to the economic development of the West. Richly illustrated with over 200 drawings and photographs, Francis Rattenbury and British Columbia is the first major critical study of a Canadian architect in the context of his times. Using unpublished primary sources, including his recently discovered private letters, the authors document Rattenbury's professional career and the evolution of his architectural style. Detailed descriptions are given of some of his most famous projects, notably the legislative buildings and the Empress Hotel in Victoria. Besides working on a number of government commissions, Rattenbury became chief architect for the Canadian Pacific Railway and designed "chateau-like" buildings for C.P.R. hotels in the Rockies, Vancouver, and Victoria. Other projects such as the Vancouver and Nanaimo Courthouses and Bank of Montreal branches set the pattern for institutional architecture in British Columbia. His buildings not only drew attention to the growing importance of the province, but also lent dignity and character to its major centres. Filled with the vigour and confidence of the imperial age, Rattenbury initiated a number of commercial ventures. These included the founding of a transportation system to the Yukon goldfields and extensive land speculations. As the authors point out, these investments were perhaps not undertaken solely for monetary gain but reflected Rattenbury's firm belief in the future of British Columbia and his desire to play an active role in its growth. Unfortunately, his entrepreneurial adventures involved heavy financial losses, among which were ruinous lawsuits involving the provincial government. This pioneering work on Western Canadian architecture will serve as a valuable design source for both the specialist and lay reader. It also includes an important account of the part played by major Canadian companies and government patronage in the development of British Columbia. This professional biography reveals new facets of Rattenbury's life and character which have been the subject of both public and literary controversy.
Biography & Autobiography

Made in British Columbia

Author: Maria Tippett

Publisher: Harbour Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 804

Is there such a thing as British Columbia culture, and if so, is there anything special about it? This is the broad question Dr. Maria Tippett answers in this work with an assured “yes!” To prove her point she looks at the careers of eight ground-breaking cultural producers in the fields of painting, aboriginal art, architecture, writing, theatre and music. The eight creative figures profiled in Made in British Columbia are not just distinguished artists who made an enduring mark on Canadian culture during the twentieth century. They are unique artists whose work is intimately interwoven with British Columbia’s identity. Emily Carr portrayed BC’s coastal landscape in a manner as unique as her lifestyle. Bill Reid’s carvings, jewellery and sculpture stand as a contemporary interpretation of his reclaimed Haida heritage. The name Francis Rattenbury is less known than The Empress Hotel in Victoria, one of many prominent BC buildings he designed, while Arthur Erickson’s modern architectural contributions are recognized worldwide. Martin Allerdale Grainger’s experience in the BC woods in the early days of hand-logging inspired him to write one of the undisputed classics of BC fiction, Woodsmen of the West. Jean Coulthard struggled for respect as a female composer during the 1920s and 1930s in British Columbia but eventually proved her extraordinary musical talents internationally. George Woodcock left Britain in 1949 to forge his career as an influential author, editor, mentor and tireless promoter of literary scholarship in the province, while playwright George Ryga, the son of Ukrainian immigrants, exposed the anguish and reality of life for Native women in our cities with his 1967 play, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. Featuring images of the artists and their works, Made in British Columbia presents a history of the treasures found in our galleries, concert halls, theatres, museums, libraries and streetscapes, and explores the legacy of a cultural tradition as unique as the place that nurtured it.
Biography & Autobiography

Rattenbury

Author: Stan Sauerwein

Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

View: 187

The story of Francis Rattenbury, designer of some of BC's greatest landmarks, whose life was marred by failure and infidelity and ended in bloody murder, scandal, and suicide.
Architects

Rattenbury

Author: Terry Reksten

Publisher: Sono NIS Press

ISBN:

Category: Architects

Page: 204

View: 171

Francis Mawson Rattenbury soared to prominence in British Columbia in 1893 with the winning design for the province's new Parliament Buildings. He was only 25 at the time with little practical experience behind him, but in the years to come he became the most sought after architect in the province. He designed almost every important building of his time in BC. The Empress Hotel, Government House, courthouses in Vancouver, Nanaimo and Nelson, the Prince Rupert Inn, and Victoria's Crystal Garden all bear the unique stamp of Rattenbury. In 1930 Rattenbury left British Columbia to settle in England where he lived in complete obscurity. For a man who had spent his entire career courting the press, thriving on publicity and notoriety, this was a most uncharacteristic move. In 1935, in another bizarre turn of events, Rattenbury was murdered by his second wife's lover-the chauffeur. The sensational story of BC's most important architect, his triumphs, his battles, his scandalous life and grisly murder by his wife's lover and the subsequent trial are all carefully documented in this award-winning biography.
Travel

DK Eyewitness Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Washington and British Columbia

Author: DK Eyewitness

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 320

View: 952

Your journey starts here. Featuring DK's much-loved maps and illustrations, walks and information, plus all new, full-color photography, this 100% updated guide to the Pacific Northwest - Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia - and brings you the best of this beautiful region in a brand-new, lightweight format. What's inside? - full-color photography, hand-drawn illustrations, and maps throughout - easy-to-follow walks and itineraries, drives and tours - our pick of the Pacific Northwest's must-sees, top experiences, and hidden gems - insider tips and information: when to visit, how to avoid the crowds, where to capture the perfect photo, and more - the best spots to eat, drink, shop, and stay - an area-by-area guide covering each corner of the Pacific Northwest, from Portland to Seattle, Vancouver to Whistler - expert advice: get ready, get around, and stay safe Now in paperback and printed on quality lightweight paper, our Pacific Northwest travel guide has been redesigned with you, the traveller, in mind, so you can take it wherever you go. Travelling around the USA or Canada? Try our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide USA and DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Canada DK Eyewitness is the bronze award-winning travel guidebook series as voted by the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2019.
Photography

British Columbia 100 Years Ago

Author: Fred Thirkell

Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co

ISBN:

Category: Photography

Page: 176

View: 561

In an era when picture postcards became a unique new way to "call home," they quickly established a role in enticing an ongoing parade of tourists to British Columbia. This book features an impressive collection of black-and-white lithograph images that were sold to the public in the early twentieth century. Documenting life in British Columbia during this period of time, each image has a story to tell. Collectively they define the state of affairs in B.C. a century ago. The book is divided into geographic regions, with an introductory article and map for each. Fred Thirkell and Bob Scullion's previous book of postcard images,Postcards From the Past (1996), won a City of Vancouver Heritage Award.
Travel

British Columbia

Author: Frank Townsley

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 232

View: 484

British Columbia is blessed with spectacular beauty and diversity, from its coastal shores and temperate rainforests to the Rocky Mountains, from its southern deserts to the northern sub-Arctic tundra. This book will take you on a wondrous and extensive journey through British Columbia in all its seasons, divulging not only its varied landscapes, but displaying some of the abundantly rich nuances of plant and animal life, many existing nowhere else in Canada. The book will showcase rarely seen wildflowers, berries ready for the picking, as well as mushrooms, lichens, mosses, and ferns all fighting for light on the forest floors. It will unveil unique wildlife behaviour, colourfully painted insects, pesky rodents, stunning birdlife (and their lovably whimsical offspring), and a profusion of majestic land and marine mammals. Images of Vancouver and Victoria, as well as abandoned relics from the past returning to nature all complement British Columbia’s natural beauty, becoming essential to the inherent mosaic that defines this province. With its varied and wondrous landscapes, graced by its diversity of flora and fauna, British Columbia is arguably one of the most unique gems of this planet, all the while shouting out for its preservation. www.frank-townsley.pixels.com
Travel

Moon British Columbia

Author: Andrew Hempstead

Publisher: Moon Travel

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 512

View: 532

British Columbia is filled with vibrant cities, secluded beaches, and old-growth rainforests. Experience the best of this wild and beautiful province with Moon British Columbia. Inside you'll find: Flexible itineraries, from one week in Vancouver and Victoria to a two-week tour of the entire province Strategic advice for outdoor adventurers, foodies and wine lovers, families, and more Must-see highlights and unique experiences: Try to spot wild bears, moose, and elk, go whale-watching on the Pacific, or snorkel with seals. Learn about the First Nations tribes' colorful totem poles and sample indigenous foods, or sip your way through the wines of the lush Okanagan Valley. Kayak through icy fjords, ski Whistler's world-class slopes, or drive the famed Alaska Highway Reliable tips from BC local Andrew Hempstead on where to eat, where to stay, and how to get around Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout Background information on the landscape, culture, history, and environment In-depth coverage of Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Highway, Whistler, Gold Nugget Route, the Okanagan Valley, the Kootenays, the Canadian Rockies, Glacier National Park, Revelstoke, Kamloops, Mount Robson, Cariboo Country, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, Stewart-Cassar Highway, Alaska Highway, and the Yukon With Moon British Columbia's practical tips and local know-how, you can plan your trip your way. Hitting the road? Try Moon Vancouver & Canadian Rockies Road Trip. Craving more of Canada's incredible wilderness? Check out Moon Banff National Park or Moon Canadian Rockies.
Antiques & Collectibles

Postcards from the Past

Author: Fred Thirkell

Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co

ISBN:

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 176

View: 756

City of Vancouver Heritage award winner, 2003 Postcards From The Past provides a nostalgic and enlightening glimpse of Vancouver and surrounding environs during its first great decade of growth, years now known as the Edwardian Era. Authors Fred Thirkell and Bob Scullion have presented a collection of outstanding postcard images, complemented by historical anecdotes and amusing asides. Complete with maps showing the sites of the original photos, this collection allows readers to gain a new perspective of a grand time and a magnificent place.
Prince Rupert (B.C.)

Birth of A City: Prince Rupert To 1914

Author: Sue Harper Rowse

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN:

Category: Prince Rupert (B.C.)

Page: 202

View: 934

On March 10th, 2010 Prince Rupert will be celebrating its 100th Birthday. Carved from the wilderness, it was envisioned in 1905 by Charles Hays,Manager of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway that this northern BC city would rival that of Vancouver in just a few short years.From the first landing of surveyors on the shores of Kaien Island, to the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway,"Knoxville" wars, building of the townsite on "stilts and planks", development of a huge fishing industry and port. This volume leads you through an era of human struggle, determination and dreams of what the future could bring.It is the amazing story of Prince Rupert and its pioneers between 1905 and 1914,who battled against all odds to develop this unique northern community. Packed with interesting information and early photographs, this volume is a delightful journey through time.
Architecture

Art Et Architecture Au Canada

Author: Loren Ruth Lerner

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN:

Category: Architecture

Page: 1557

View: 670

Identifies and summarizes thousands of books, article, exhibition catalogues, government publications, and theses published in many countries and in several languages from the early nineteenth century to 1981.
Transportation

A Thousand Blunders

Author: Frank Leonard

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN:

Category: Transportation

Page: 353

View: 446

In A Thousand Blunders, Frank Leonard looks at why the 'Road of a Thousand Wonders' failed to live up to the expectations forecast by company president Charles M. Hays and other senior managers. Not only was the railway built through a sparsely settled region, which generated little immediate traffic, but its economic difficulties were also compounded by the numerous mistakes made by managers at all levels: for example, their failure to respond adequately to labour shortages caused serious delays and prevented the company from proving Prince Rupert as an effective alternative harbour before World War I broke out. For this book, Frank Leonard had access to a wealth of original documents, among them the GTP legal department files, providing him with insights into the decisions that formed the basis for policies in townsites and on Indian reserves. A Thousand Blunders is a provocative account of one of the greatest failures in Canadian entrepreneurial history. Richly detailed and thoroughly documented, it makes an important contribution to the fields of railway and business history, as well as to the study of the history of northern British Columbia.
Travel

Moon Victoria & Vancouver Island

Author: Andrew Hempstead

Publisher: Moon Travel

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 230

View: 744

Moon Travel Guides: Your World Your Way Steep mountains divide dense rainforests and rocky shores from thriving cities. Discover the rugged and the cosmopolitan with Moon Victoria & Vancouver Island. Inside you'll find: Strategic, flexible itineraries, from a long weekend in Victoria to two weeks exploring Vancouver Island, designed for outdoor adventurers, culture and history buffs, families, and more Must-see highlights and unique experiences: Complete one of the world's great coastal hikes on the West Coast Trail, or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding through protected fjords. Surf off the wild coast of Tofino, or experience the thrill of hooking a giant salmon on the Campbell River. Taste seafood fresh from the ocean in downtown Victoria and admire the city's timeless architecture. Spend the day in the colorful Butchart Gardens, learn the history of the First Nations, or discover the region's natural origins at the Royal BC Museum Honest advice from Vancouver Island expert Andrew Hempstead on when to go, where to eat, and where to stay, from waterfront lodges to secluded campsites Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout Background information on the landscape, climate, wildlife, culture, and local history With Moon Victoria & Vancouver Island's practical tips, myriad activities, and insider's view on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way. Expanding your trip? Try Moon British Columbia. Craving more of Canada's incredible wilderness? Check out Moon Banff National Park.
True Crime

British Murder

Author: William Wright

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN:

Category: True Crime

Page: 304

View: 722

100 years, 500 victims, 119 murderers, from the famous - Crippen, Shipman - to the obscure but no less fascinating - Albert Walker, Rhoda Willis - and others who were condemned but potentially innocent.
Architecture

Canada

Author: Michelangelo Sabatino

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN:

Category: Architecture

Page: 320

View: 439

Canada is a country of massive size, of diverse geographical features and an equally diverse population—all features that are magnificently reflected in its architecture. In this book, Rhodri Windsor Liscombe and Michelangelo Sabatino offer a richly informative history of Canadian architecture that celebrates and explores the country’s many contributions to the spread of architectural modernity in the Americas. A distinct Canadian design attitude coalesced during the twentieth century, one informed by a liberal, hybrid, and pragmatic mindset intent less upon the dogma of architectural language and more on thinking about the formation of inclusive spaces and places. Taking a fresh perspective on design production, they map the unfolding of architectural modernity across the country, from the completion of the transcontinental railway in the late 1880s through to the present. Along the way they discuss architecture within the broader contexts of political, industrial, and sociocultural evolution; the urban-suburban expansion; and new building technologies. Examining the works of architects and firms such as ARCOP, Eric Arthur, Ernest Cormier, Brigitte Shim, and Howard Sutcliffe, this book brings Canadian architecture chronologically and thematically to life.
Travel

Portraits of Vancouver Island

Author: Chris Cheadle

Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 64

View: 818

"Chris Cheadle takes us on a tour of some of Vancouver Island's best and most beautiful locations. We are provided with an overview of the Island's history and suggestions on places to visit from the top of the island to the bottom."--
Travel

DK Eyewitness Canada

Author: DK Eyewitness

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 400

View: 560

Vast, vibrant and breathtakingly beautiful - welcome to Canada. Whether you want to hike along exhilarating trails beneath snowy peaks, paddle a canoe on backcountry rivers or head to the Arctic for the greatest light show on earth, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Canada has to offer. Unimaginably large, Canada's untamed wilderness is comprised of shimmering glaciers, dramatic ocean vistas, and forests of fiery maple trees. Canadian cities also offers plenty to explore, from the dynamic buzz of Vancouver to the gleaming skyscrapers of Toronto. Our newly updated guide brings Canada to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography and our trademark illustrations. You'll discover: - our pick of Canada's must-sees, top experiences and hidden gems - the best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay - detailed maps and walks which make navigating the country easy - easy-to-follow itineraries - expert advice: get ready, get around and stay safe - color-coded chapters to every part of Canada, from Montreal to the Maritimes, the Canadian Rockies to the Prairies, Newfoundland to British Columbia Interior Want the best of Canada in your pocket? Try out DK Eyewitness Top 10 guides to Toronto, Vancouver and Vancouver Island and Montreal and Quebec City.
Architecture

Exploring Vancouver

Author: Harold Kalman

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN:

Category: Architecture

Page: 294

View: 266

Vancouver's streetscapes have changed drastically in recent years. New buildings representing current architectural trends are mixing with and often replacing those of earlier eras and tastes. Exploring Vancouver invites the reader to experience the city's continually evolving landscape in a readable, yet authoritative, guide.
Architecture

Art Deco

Author: Michael Windover

Publisher: PUQ

ISBN:

Category: Architecture

Page: 322

View: 291

This book argues that mobility is the central theme of the interwar mode of design known today as Art Deco. It is present on the very surfaces of Art Deco objects and architecture – in iconography and general formal qualities (whether the zigzag rectilinear forms ­popular in the 1920s or curvilinear streamlining of the 1930s). By focussing on mobility as a means of tying the seemingly disparate qualities of Art Deco together, Michael Windover shows how the surface-level expressions correspond as well with underpinning systems of mobility, including those associated with migration, transportation, commodity exchange, capital, and communication. Journeying across the globe – from a skyscraper in ­Vancouver, B.C., to a department store in Los Angeles, and from super-cinemas in Bombay (Mumbai) to radio cabinets in Canadian living rooms – this richly illustrated book examines the reach of Art Deco as it affected public ­cultures. Windover’s innovative perspective exposes some of the socio-­political consequences of this “mode of mobility” and offers some reasons as to how and why Art Deco was incorporated into everyday lifestyles around the world.