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Kwakiutl housepost at Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-73
  • Item
  • 1913-1937
  • 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.

Floating pavillion and castle, Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-78
  • 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. Taken from the south shore of the pond, this image shows the pavilion reflected in the water as well as the castle behind.

Large tree and sunset over conservatory, Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-81
  • Item
  • 1913-1937
  • Part of K. McCann

The walled garden was 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.

Gazebo in Japanese garden with magnolia in bloom

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-80
  • 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.

Fishing bridge, Japanese garden

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-77
  • 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. A rustic wooden fishing bridge was positioned at the north end of the pond.

Floating wisteria arbour and border flowers, Japanese garden

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-82
  • 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.
The picture was taken on the eastern shore of the pond, looking north. The wooden floating wisteria arbour was replaced with a metal structure during the military college era.

View of pond, Japanese garden

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-84
  • 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 damaged photo shows a view from the Japanese garden across the lower pond.

Floating wisteria arbour in bloom, Japanese garden

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-85
  • 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.
The picture was taken on the eastern shore of the pond, looking north. The wooden floating wisteria arbour was replaced with a metal structure during the military college era.

Interior, chest of drawers, Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-89
  • Item
  • 1915-1937
  • 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 image shows a chest of drawers from the third floor bedroom in the central tower of the castle. On the drawers is a portrait of James Dunsmuir Jr. in military uniform and a picture of Laura Dunsmuir. The room was used by Elinor Dunsmuir in the 1930s.

Interior, Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-92
  • Item
  • 1913-1937
  • 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 image of a room inside Hatley Castle is likely the bedroom suite on the third floor of the central tower. Initially intended for James Dunsmuir Jr., this large suite was inhabited by Elinor Dunsmuir in the 1930s.

Interior, bedroom at Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-90
  • Item
  • 1913-1937
  • 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 bed is likely situated in the third floor bedroom of the central tower. Initially intended for James Dunsmuir Jr. it was inhabited by Elinor Dunsmuir in the 1930s.

Interior, Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-88
  • Item
  • 1913-1937
  • 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 image of a room inside Hatley Castle is likely the bedroom suite on the third floor of the central tower. Initially intended for James Dunsmuir Jr., this large suite was inhabited by Elinor Dunsmuir in the 1930s.

Interior, bedroom at Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-91
  • Item
  • 1913-1937
  • 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 bed is likely situated in the third floor bedroom of the central tower. Initially intended for James Dunsmuir Jr. it was inhabited by Elinor Dunsmuir in the 1930s.

Elinor Dunsmuir at Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-94
  • Item
  • 1920-1937
  • Part of K. McCann

Elinor Dunsmuir can be seen at the bottom of this image. Her body has been scribbled out in pen.

Italian garden from east, from terrace

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-96
  • Item
  • 1913-1937
  • Part of K. McCann

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

Neptune steps from south

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-95
  • Item
  • 1912-1915
  • Part of K. McCann

The Neptune Steps and Fountain Court to the north of the castle were added as part of extensive development of the Hatley Park estate by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall from 1912-1914. This image was taken soon after they were completed because the landscaping is minimal and the lions have not yet been positioned at the bottom of the steps.

Japanese garden bridge and Hatley Castle

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-97
  • 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.

Italian garden from south east

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-103
  • Item
  • 1913-1937
  • Part of K. McCann

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

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