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James Bay Architectural Styles

These are some of the architectural styles and features of James Bay homes. For more complete architectural descriptions, an illustrated Architectural Styles Guide, & Glossary of Architectural Terms, see Victoria Heritage Foundation’s This Old House, Victoria’s Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 2: James Bay.

228 Douglas Street
British Arts & Crafts Tudor Revival

steep gabled roof, heavy bargeboards, brackets & finials in irregular gables, large picturesque corbelled chimneys, stucco & half-timbering above shingle siding, recessed sleeping porch, solid stepped balustrades up to inset porch, banks of 6-over-1 windows.

576 Niagara Street
Colonial Bungalow /Classical Cottage

1- storey; bellcast hipped roof, usually at least 1 dormer; wide projecting eaves, usually with flat brackets
(medallions); inset verandah, usually full-width across front, usually with Classical columns.

231 St Andrews Street
Edwardian Foursquare
- 2-storey cube, usually 4 main rooms per floor; low-pitched hipped roof, wide sheltering eaves, sometimes flat brackets (medallions) under eaves; like EVA&C, usually inset (integral) corner porch balanced by projecting bay window on front facade, but sometimes protruding corner porch, or full-width front verandah, or entry porch on side; generally 1 or more shallow box bays, but sometimes angled bays, with hipped roofs; horizontal lines usually emphasized by contrasting colours & materials on different levels - shingles/roughcast stucco & half-timbering/ double-beveled or clapboard wood siding - and wide watertables, belt (string) courses & frieze boards; banks of windows, double-hung sash, usually multi-paned over single panes, or sometimes

145 / 143 Government Street
Edwardian Vernacular Arts & Crafts
front-gabled, steeply-pitched roof, usually dormers on sides; 1½-storey, asymmetrical main floor, symmetrical bedroom floor above, front facade divided by belt course, tips of bargeboards usually meet ends of belt course between floors; inset (integral) corner porch usually balanced by projecting bay window on front; usually variety of sidings on different levels, usually 3 or 4 colours.


154 South Turner Street, c.1905, collection Briggs family
Queen Anne
- Steep hipped roof with irregularly projecting gables, cresting on roof ridges, finials at apex of gables; usually has tower, usually octagonal or round, projecting from front corner; great variety of surface treatments and picturesque details, including pent roofs, cutaway bay windows, projecting gables, roughcast stucco and half-timbering, patterned shingles.

619 Avalon Road, c.1905, Collection Jean Greenaway
- low-pitched hipped roof; tall, narrow, 1-over-1 double-hung sash windows with horns; no belt course to break wall surfaces; frieze board at top, corner boards and water table above foundation outline the wall planes; porch with small balcony; 2-storey angled front bay, 1-storey side box bay; 2 types of brackets.

James Bay Architectural Features
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