Building of the massive home was started in 1887 for Robert Dunsmir and his family. Robert had accumulated a good deal of wealth from coal and the railway on Vancouver Island. Robert died before the castle was finished but in 1890 his widow, their 3 unwed daughters and 2 orphaned grand children moved in.
What I found out that caught my attention:
- Robert's wife, Joan, lived in the castle for nearly 18 years. And no one has lived in there since that time.
- The castle has been a hospital, college, music school, and now a "must see" attraction.
- The stained and leaded glass windows are spectacular.
When I asked the young woman at admissions what was the biggest surprise about the castle, she said that for her it was that it was a prefab house. Prefab? The interior oak panelling was from trees in Arkansas that were fabricated in Chicago and shipped in 5 railway cars to Victoria. And it is beautiful...
My favourite room (to my surprise!) was the dining room. The beautiful wood and furnishings create a warm and welcoming environment:
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