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Wisteria arbour and waterwheel, Japanese garden

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-29
  • Item
  • 1913-1937
  • Part of K. McCann

The upper Japanese garden at Hatley Park was designed by Japanese landscape architect Isaburo Kashida. The garden was installed in 1909 and developed by Tadashi Noda from 1913-1927. This image is looking west and shows the waterwheel, the wisteria arbour and a rustic bench.

Wisteria arbour, Japanese garden

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-27
  • Item
  • 1913-1937
  • Part of K. McCann

The upper Japanese garden at Hatley Park was designed by Japanese landscape architect Isaburo Kashida. The garden was installed in 1909 and developed by Tadashi Noda from 1913-1927. This image shows the wisteria arbour with a rustic wooden bench underneath.

Pavilion and bridges, Japanese Garden, Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-30
  • Item
  • 1913-1937
  • Part of K. McCann

The upper Japanese garden at Hatley Park was designed by Japanese landscape architect Isaburo Kashida. The garden was installed in 1909 and developed by Tadashi Noda from 1913-1927. This image shows irises in bloom along the pond edge. Also visible is the east side of the fishing bridge, the floating bridge, and pavilion.

Walled garden wall and tennis court, Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-37
  • Item
  • 1912-1920
  • Part of K. McCann

The walled garden and tennis courts were added as part of extensive development of the estate by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall from 1912-1914. The walled garden contained vegetable and fruit crops as well as the greenhouse complex. 

Neptune fountain and statuary, Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-38
  • Item
  • 1912-1920
  • Part of K. McCann

The Neptune Steps to the north of the castle were added as part of extensive development of the estate by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall from 1912-1914. At the top of the steps was a fountain and other statuary, surrounded by shrubs and trees. Several walking trails leading into the woods started from the Neptune fountain court. When the Grant building was built for the new naval college in 1942, the Neptune fountain was moved forward about 12 feet and a retaining wall added behind.

Rose garden and rope for trailing roses, Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-35
  • Item
  • 1912-1920
  • Part of K. McCann

The rose garden to the west of the Japanese garden was added as part of extensive development of the estate by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall from 1912-1914. The original plans show a small pond or reservoir in the centre of the garden but this was replaced with a sundial.

Rose garden with circular planting, Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-36
  • Item
  • 1912-1920
  • Part of K. McCann

The rose garden to the west of the Japanese garden was added as part of extensive development of the estate by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall from 1912-1914. The original plans show a small pond or reservoir in the centre of the garden but this was replaced with a sundial. 

Hatley Castle, from north west

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-46
  • Item
  • 1912-1920
  • Part of K. McCann

Hatley Castle was designed by renowned British Columbia architect Samuel Maclure for James Dunsmuir. Using only the finest materials, builders, stonemasons and detail carpenters only took 18 months to construct the building from 1908 until 1910. This postcard print was created by F. Gowan.

Italian garden, from east, showing loggia

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-49
  • Item
  • 1912-1937
  • Part of K. McCann

The Italian garden to the west of the castle was added as part of extensive development of the estate by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall from 1912-1914. This view is from the castle terrace, looking west.

Kwakiutl housepost at Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-47
  • Item
  • 1913-1938
  • Part of K. McCann

In 1913, James Dunsmuir acquired a wooden structure created by the Kwakwaka'wakw people to be used as a gate entrance to the Japanese garden. The sculpture was carved from western red cedar and had three upright pieces joined by a horizontal lintel. The picture shows their position on the grounds of Hatley Park. The sculpture was located at the Dunsmuir property from 1913-1938. The posts were originally intended for the inside of a house in Dzawadi and were carved around 1884, but the house was never completed and the house posts were left until they were bought by a collector who later sold them to James Dunsmuir. Dzawadi is about 100km northeast of Alert Bay and within the traditional territory of the Da’naxda’xw Awaetlala First Nation.

In 1938, after Laura Dunsmuir’s death, the posts were sold to George Heye, who was a well-known collector of anthropological and archeological artefacts of the Americas. The posts were part of the collection at the Museum of the American Indian in New York until 1975 when they were bought by the National Museum of Canada.

A conservator's report from the Canadian museum shows that the posts were damaged before they were positioned at Hatley Park. Careful restoration work had occurred when the house posts were relocated to the Dunsmuir estate. New wood pieces had been skillfully added to replace damage caused by a grass fire in its original location. A second, less careful restoration took place sometime after 1936, provable by the fact that pages of newspaper from that year were found used as filling material under a crude plaster and papier mache repair.

Hatley Castle from south west, pond

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-48
  • Item
  • 1910-1920
  • Part of K. McCann

Hatley Castle was designed by renowned British Columbia architect Samuel Maclure for James Dunsmuir. Using only the finest materials, builders, stonemasons and detail carpenters only took 18 months to construct the building from 1908 until 1910. The castle is viewed from the lower pond and fences can be seen that separate pastureland from the manicured lawns closer to the house.

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