The Spencer Mansion: A House, a Home, and an Art Gallery by Robert Ratcliffe TaylorThe Spencer Mansion: A House, a Home, and an Art Gallery by Robert Ratcliffe Taylor

The Spencer Mansion: A House, a Home, and an Art Gallery

byRobert Ratcliffe Taylor

Paperback | September 4, 2012

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Built in 1889 and now home to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Spencer Mansion is a magnificent building with a rich and layered history. With detailed research, historian and author Robert Ratcliffe Taylor describes the original appearance of the house, designed by William Ridgway Wilson for Alexander Green and his family, as well as its inhabitants over the decades. Also known as Gyppeswyk, after the village in England where Green wed Theophila Rainer, the house is more commonly referred to as the Spencer Mansion, after later owners David and Emma Spencer. The book also chronicles the brief period when the residence served as BC's Government House and concludes with the story of how the house came to function as an art gallery.

A unique book, The Spencer Mansion showcases a true gem of Victoria's architecture and history.

Title:The Spencer Mansion: A House, a Home, and an Art GalleryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:TouchWood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927129273

ISBN - 13:9781927129272

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating look at a house & it's residents I found this a very interesting story. Being from just over the water, on the mainland, I found the house, the families and the history of Victoria fun to follow and learn about. I've been so many of the locations mentioned in this book and hope to visit others. I especially want to visit the house. It sounds like a wonderful home. I'm glad to learn about the families that called this house home, too. A wonderful look at a city and it's history, though one house & it's residents.
Date published: 2018-03-28