The historically valued carriage house on the Annandale property at 1561 York Pl. will be saved after all.
The two-storey carriage house looked doomed for demolition as recently as August.
However, not only will it be saved but its decrepit state will be renovated and added to Victoria’s rental stock amidst a housing crisis.
“Earlier this week, Abstract came to an agreement with Victoria resident, Murray Campbell, who will dismantle, relocate and reassemble the carriage house at his 13,000 sq. ft. property,” said Abstract spokesperson Brandon Williams.
The carriage house’s poor shape made it difficult for owner Mike Miller, the CEO and founder of Abstract, to find a taker for the old building. It doesn’t fit with the Miller family’s plans to redevelop the property for their personal use.
Abstract Developments tried multiple initiatives to help save the carriage house, with it slotted to be relocated to Windsor Park.
Campbell will move it to a future heritage conservation area next to his 1895-built heritage house on Robert Street in Vic West.
“It’s like it was meant to be,” Campbell said. “I had been looking for a suitable heritage building for my property for the past year – and had already been corresponding with Nickel Bros. to see if they had any buildings that could be relocated to the property.”
Knowing Campbell’s interests, a friend and fellow heritage homeowner contacted Campbell about Annandale and he was able to reach out to Abstract.
Abstract is thrilled to keep the carriage house in the neighbourhood, said Adam Cooper, Abstract’s director of development.
“The fact that Campbell plans to not only restore the carriage house, preserving its heritage significance but to establish it as a new rental suite within Victoria is a phenomenal outcome,” Cooper said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better plan.”
The carriage house was built for the staff of Charles Hibbert Tupper, son of the last surviving Father of Confederation, in about 1897.