If These Walls Could Talk: Victoria's Houses From The Past

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Touchwood Editions, Jun 1, 2010 - Architecture - 160 pages

How many times have you walked by or through an interesting old house, wondering about its past and what tales its walls could whisper if they could answer your questions? Although many of Victoria's heritage homes have disappeared, some remain—some rich and elegant and some working class. All have stories to tell.

Valerie Green offers the stories of fifty houses and the people who lived, loved and died in them. The homes are illustrated by architectural artist Lynn Gordon-Findlay in exquisite detail. In If These Walls Could Talk, Valerie and Lynn celebrate Victoria's splendid old houses and the history of another era. They include only those residences still standing. The time span ranges from the 1850s to the 1930s and covers a wide spectrum; there are stories about famous houses of historical importance as well as some less familiar, like the Rockland home that rocked with scandal and a farmhouse with a connection to Harrod's, the famous London retailer. Maps have been included to show exact location.

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About the author (2010)

Valerie Green was born and educated in England with a background in journalism, English literature and history. She has lived in Victoria, BC, since 1968, where she works as a freelance writer, writing the “Pages from the Past” column in the Saanich News as well as other magazine and newspaper articles. Valerie is the author of many historical books set in the Pacific Northwest, including family biographies and mystery-suspense fiction.

Lynn Gordon-Findlay is an intern associate with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and a member of the Island Illustrators Society; she works mainly in pencil, pen-and-ink, pastel and watercolor, and for several years, she has provided illustrations for Valerie’s newspaper columns on Victoria’s heritage buildings.

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