Fairholme Manor Bed and Breakfast

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Fairholme Manor
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Fairholme Manor Bed and Breakfast
Fairholme Manor Bed and Breakfast is located in Canada
Fairholme Manor Bed and Breakfast
Location within Canada
General information
Architectural style Italianate
Location 638 Rockland Place
Victoria, British Columbia
V8S 3R2
Coordinates 48°25′12″N 123°20′21″W / 48.419944°N 123.339214°W / 48.419944; -123.339214Coordinates: 48°25′12″N 123°20′21″W / 48.419944°N 123.339214°W / 48.419944; -123.339214
Completed 1886
Cost $7,000
Design and construction
Architect John Teague

Fairholme Manor is a Designated Heritage building[1] located in the Rockland neighbourhood of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It was built in 1886 on Rockland Hill,[2] in a prestigious area known for its wealthy inhabitants, large lots and lush gardenscapes.[3]

It was constructed for the sum of $7,000 by contractors Hill and Conley and designed in an Italianate style by architect John Teague.[2] The home's rambling, two-story symmetry; overhanging eaves with decorative brackets; narrow bay windows; and low-pitched, gabled roof are all features typical of this fanciful late 19th century style.[4]

Fairholme was built for John Chapman Davie, a prominent doctor and surgeon who is known today as an early promoter of Sir Joseph Lister's antiseptic surgical methods.[2] In addition to introducing the surgical practice to British Columbia, he was also largely responsible for the design of the first operating room at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.[5]

Davie lived at Fairholme with his wife, Sara Holmes Todd, and his 3 children from a previous marriage. Sara Holmes Todd succumbed to pneumonia in 1894; Davie died in 1911.[2] The building was fully restored in 1996 and now operates as a bed and breakfast.[6]


  1. ^ "City of Victoria Heritage Register" (PDF). City of Victoria. Retrieved October 10, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d Green, Valerie (2001). If These Walls Could Talk: Victoria's Houses from the Past. TouchWood. p. 29. ISBN 0920663788. 
  3. ^ "Rockland Neighbourhood Association: Heritage Walking Tour". Rockland Neighbourhood Association. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Victoria Heritage Association: Architectural Styles". Victoria Heritage Association. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Critical Bit of History Preserved at Royal Jubilee". Times Colonist. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ Pfeff, Margo (March 4, 2001). "Old World B&Bs Put the 'British' in B.C. / Victoria inns offer English elan behind the "Tweed Curtain". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 

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