Emily Carr House
207 Government Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 2K8
The life and work of the remarkable Emily Carr is preserved with loving care.
|Cross Street |||Simcoe Street|
|mid-May to mid-Oct. 10AM-5PM|
Profile Last Updated: January 22, 2009
Born in 1871, Emily Carr is best known for her paintings of Vancouver Island’s rainforests and totemic Aboriginal sculptures. She used her brushes and pens to capture their beauty for audiences around the world. After years of travel, failing health caused her to remain close to home. However, she put the time to good use, writing seven books based on her life.
The house that she was born in is centrally located, only four blocks from Victoria’s Inner Harbour and the Provincial Legislature. Described as a cross between "San Francisco Victorian" and "English Gingerbread," Emily Carr House was built in 1864. More recently, it has been partially restored to reflect its appearance in the 1890s. Today it provides an insight into the spiritual connection Emily Carr had with her subjects. There are numerous family possessions, including Emily’s pottery and sculpture. The work of Canadian artists is on display in a room called the People’s Gallery. In the small gift shop, items produced by local artists and potters are for sale, as well as reproductions of Emily's paintings and copies of her books.
Emily Carr House offers informative tours, as well as group workshops, educational programs and seasonal events. Additionally, it can be booked for special teas.
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