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Craigflower Schoolhouse

2755 Admirals Road, Saanich, Colombie-Britannique, V9A, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1980/06/06

Craigflower Schoolhouse in the late 19th Century; BC Heritage Branch
Craigflower Schoolhouse in the late 19th Century
Craigflower Schoolhouse; BC Heritage Branch
Front (southwest) elevation
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Autre nom(s)

Craigflower Schoolhouse
Craigflower School

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/08/13

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

Craigflower Schoolhouse is a two-storey, gable-roofed building on Admirals Road, just north of the Craigflower Bridge in Saanich, BC. The land on which the schoolhouse sits is on the shore of the Gorge Waterway, and includes an ancient archaeological site.

Valeur patrimoniale

Craigflower Schoolhouse remains as the oldest school in British Columbia, and is a rare example of a nineteenth century schoolhouse in western Canada. Constructed in 1854 by the Colony of Vancouver Island for the children of nearby Craigflower Farm and the surrounding area, this school is a significant monument to the early educational system in British Columbia, which was based on the principle of free non-sectarian education for all.

Craigflower Schoolhouse is valued as the oldest surviving public building in British Columbia. As one of British Columbia's few surviving structures which predates the 1858 gold rush, this school is an excellent example of early vernacular building construction in the province. Architecturally, its value lies in its utilitarian form, large massing, simple construction, and understated detailing, which provide insight into the functional nature of the Province's earliest public works.

Source: BC Heritage Branch property files

Éléments caractéristiques

The character-defining element of the Craigflower Schoolhouse include:
- the archaeological site on which the school sits
- the situation of the schoolhouse on its original site
- exterior features, such as the simple gable roof, horizontal clapboard siding and windows with original imported glass
- the historic materials and construction (dating from 1854-1911) as evident in the building style, form, and features, such as the wood framing, the large brick fireplace in the schoolroom, the tongue and groove woodwork in the fireplace wall, the ten-inch-wide floorboards, and the white plaster walls
- the patina, and evidence of use, examples of which can be seen in the floor, the stair treads, and the angle of the building
- the spatial configuration of the school room and the rooms of the upper storey
- the steep stairwell




Autorité de reconnaissance

Province de la Colombie-Britannique

Loi habilitante

Heritage Conservation Act, art.9, art.13(1)(a)

Type de reconnaissance

Lieu patrimonial provincial (désigné)

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Un territoire à peupler
Les établissements
Établir une vie sociale et communautaire
L'éducation et le bien-être de la société

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Site historique ou d'interprétation


École à classe unique
Logement unifamilial

Architecte / Concepteur




Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Heritage Branch file no. 27000-30-CO-05

Réfère à une collection

Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




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