Jul 16, 2015

History of Buildings – The Filberg Pavilion

Robert Filberg, son of the Comox Logging and Railway Company tycoon was the original owner of the house.  The house, designed for a secluded and scenic coastal setting, is a pavilion lightly poised on a mound of sand atop a 200 foot cliff, the highest point on the Comox Peninsula, overlooking the Strait of Georgia near Comox, B.C. on Vancouver Island.  It combines filigree screens with massive pink granite walls, curved ceilings and yellow cedar for all exposed millwork.  It was designed more as a luxurious retreat, a villa for relaxation and entertainment, than as a family residence and is an adventure in the “poetic geometry” of Mediterranean Baroque– rich, lavish, delicately graceful, and highly imaginative.  The house is 2,580 square feet in size and boasts two large bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 1,200 square foot guest cottage, a helicopter pad & hangar, and a 10-car garage.  The property provides 270 degree ocean, bay and glacier views and sits on almost 8 acres including 800 foot of waterfront.  In 2012: the property was listed on the market for $5,999,000.

This was the home of the famous Filberg Logging & Railway family of Comox.  When Bob Filberg, Robert’s father, died in 1977, he left their summer cottage, a rustic lodge and nine acres of beautifully landscaped grounds to the Vancouver Foundation as part of his estate. A group of active citizens snatched the property from the hands of local real estate developers, and the property is now a public facility owned by the Town of Comox, and has been designated a heritage site in recognition of the lodge’s architectural significance.  In 1984, the Filberg Festival was created as the primary fundraising event of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association; the proceeds of the Festival generate essential funding for the maintenance, operation and restoration of the lodge and grounds.  This festival showcases the best of arts, crafts and music on Vancouver Island and surrounding areas every August.

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