If More Walls Could Talk: Vancouver Island's Houses from the Past


166 pages
ISBN 1-894898-22-2
DDC 971.1'2





Reviewed by Ann Turner

Ann Turner is the financial and budget manager of the University of
British Columbia Library.


Continuing her research on Victoria’s historic houses, begun in If
These Walls Could Talk (2002), Valerie Green explores 15 more noteworthy
homes in Victoria and nearby communities before moving on up the Island
highway. The remaining 28 subjects are located in Duncan and the
Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville and Qualicum Beach,
the Courtenay area, and Campbell River northward. They range from small
brick cottages to vast estates and farms, but all are historic buildings
with unusual and appealing stories to share about their builders,
owners, tenants, and visitors. Architectural artist Lynn
Gordon-Findlay’s beautifully drawn portraits of the subject properties
enhance the text and are gems in their own right.

This is a captivating guidebook that piques the reader’s interest in
these and other heritage properties as well as in the local history of
their communities.


Green, Valerie., “If More Walls Could Talk: Vancouver Island's Houses from the Past,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed December 6, 2023, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/15142.