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Gyppeswick Historic House ... Victoria Art Gallery | by Nick Kenrick..
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Gyppeswick Historic House ... Victoria Art Gallery

This complex includes the Italianate home designed for A. A. Green, a wealthy local banker, by William Ridgway Wilson. It was named Gyppeswick for Mrs. Green’s ancestral home, Ipswich, in England. Constructed for $24,000 by contractor G.C. Mesher, it was situated on a large property that ran from Fort Street to Rockland Avenue (then Belcher Avenue) with gardens, tennis courts, coach house and stable. The Greens abandoned it in 1894 when their bank, Garesche and Green, failed.

It became Government House from 1899 to 1903, following a fire at Cary Castle. David Spencer, owner of David Spencer’s Department Stores, bought it in 1903 and renamed it Lan Dderwen," Welsh for ‘under the oaks’. His daughter, Sara Spencer, donated it to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 1951.

It is one of Canada’s finest art galleries with over 15,000 pieces in its collection. A Shinto shrine from the Meiji era (1886-1912) is located in the garden

 

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Taken on November 3, 2009