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Royal Oak Schoolhouse

4525 West Saanich Road, Saanich, Colombie-Britannique, V8Z, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1982/04/20

Exterior view of the Royal Oak Schoolhouse; District of Saanich, 2004
Front elevation
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Autre nom(s)

Royal Oak Schoolhouse
Royal Oak Elementary School

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Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/10/25

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Royal Oak Schoolhouse is a front-gabled wood-frame rural school designed in a vernacular style, located at the northeast corner of the intersection of West Saanich Road and Elk Lake Drive, in the Royal Oak area of Saanich.

Valeur patrimoniale

The Royal Oak Schoolhouse is valued as an illustration of the pioneer values of selfless commitment to the community and children's education. This rural schoolhouse served the needs of the early South Saanich residents' children from 1885 to 1950. It reflects the early beginnings of this community and the families that built Royal Oak, including the district's first pioneer family, the Cheesemans, and other pioneers families. Jane and James Bailey donated the land to build a school in the Lake District, and additional property adjacent to the Baileys' was purchased. Built with private funds, the first school opened in 1865, but was destroyed by fire in 1883.

Opened in 1885, the second, extant schoolhouse was nine metres long by six metres wide with no cloakroom, blackboards, books, slates, cupboards, stove, running water or chair for the teacher. It was built through the efforts of the entire community of Royal Oak. The little schoolhouse was used until completion of the first of the buildings in the present middle school complex in the early 1950s. The building continues to be used as a public multi-purpose meeting place.

The Royal Oak Schoolhouse is also significant for its associations with the growth and development of its neighbourhood context. Royal Oak is located in the Colquitz River watershed, almost in the centre of Saanich. Royal Oak citizens led the move to incorporation of the District of Saanich in 1906 and it was the seat of municipal government until 1965. Royal Oak was farmed from the 1860s, and major suburban subdivisions, including Broadmead, did not occur until later in the twentieth century.

Source: Heritage Planning Files, District of Saanich

Éléments caractéristiques

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Royal Oak Schoolhouse include its:
- form, scale and massing
- entrance porch with a hipped roof
- front gable roof
- wood-frame construction
- drop-siding cladding with corner boards and watertable boards
- round, louvred vent above the front entrance
- three windows with double-hung sashes on each side, set high up on the wall




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (C.-B.)

Loi habilitante

Local Government Act, art.967

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation patrimoniale

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes

1951/01/01 à 1951/01/01

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


Local pour association fraternelle, organisation sociale ou de bienfaisance


École primaire ou secondaire

Architecte / Concepteur



Edward Rainaldi

Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Heritage Planning Files, District of Saanich

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