Sep 08, 2014

History of Buildings – The Crown Mansion

Located: 292 Crescent Road East, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada

The Crown Mansion in Qualicum Beach offers luxurious accommodations within the fully renovated boutique hotel which keeps to its original grace of 1914, an era of rich tradition. This stately home once entertained celebrities and royalty such as Bing Crosby, John Wayne and the King of Siam.  Exquisite details found throughout the mansion include rare wood panelling, elaborate crystal chandeliers, heritage fireplaces and sweeping staircases, making it a perfect relaxing getaway, or a wonderful venue for weddings, business meetings or family receptions.

The Crown Mansion overlooks Georgia Strait and the town’s first golf course, it is a large, two and one-half story Georgian Revival style building, now incorporated as part of a hotel and condominium complex. The historic place is confined to the footprint of the original building.Built in 1914, the Crown Mansion is a very good example of Georgian Revival style, a style popular with the province’s elite during the first quarter of the twentieth century. The building’s large scale, symmetrical composition and simple detailing projected a sense of history, formality and graciousness that reflected the social status of original owner Brigadier General Noel Money. When the building was converted into a hotel in the 2000s, a porte-cochere was added to the front entrance and a condominium complex was attached at the north elevation. Although these changes were substantial, the original building is still clearly discernible. Even with these later additions, the Crown Mansion suggests, however romanticized, a bygone era of grand, gracious country estates.

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