Heritage Register

1031 Terrace Avenue
Terrace Court

Built 1905-06

For: Francis & Marion Stirling

Architect: Samuel Maclure
Contractor: George Charles Mesher & Co

1031 Terrace


This 2½-storey house combines Prairie School and Tudor Revival Arts & Crafts styles. It is asymmetrical and has a wide, bellcast hipped roof, wide eaves and a front-facing shed-roofed dormer with a balcony. There are extensions on the main floor on the right and left sides of the house. On the front façade, below the dormer, is an offset, wide front porch with tapered square posts supporting a balcony above. The balusters of the dormer and balcony are square; the porch has shingled posts and balustrades. The upper floor is stuccoed and half-timbered, and is separated from the shingled lower floor by a high corbelled belt course. The horizontal emphasis of the wide eaves is enhanced by the different surface treatments, and attests to Samuel Maclure’s admiration of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School.


1905-31: Dr. Francis Henry Stirling (b. France 1870- 1931) and his second wife, Marion Louisa (née Johnston, b.Kent, ENG 1872-1931), who came to BC in 1901. Francis grew up in Scotland, trained as an oculist in Vienna and came to BC in 1890. He married Jessie H. Smith in Nanaimo in 1891. She died in 1892 while giving birth to Jessie Dorothea. Francis continued his medical training and established a practice in Victoria in the early 1890s. He was an accomplished amateur golfer, winning several provincial championships.


Tenants: 1921: Arthur Charlton and Vina Burdick (1595 Rockland Av) rented the house.

1932-35: Strathcona Hotel manager Manuel “Albert” Wylde (b. New Westminster 1867-1956) and Alice Ellen (née Mesher, b. Farnham, ENG, 1869), with their daughter Victoria Wylde (b. Victoria 1897), a government steno. Alice was the sister of architect/contractor George C. Mesher (1004 Terrace Av).

1936-44: William Henry Langley (b. Victoria 1868-1951) was the son of Alfred and Mary Langley. [Alfred established a wholesale drug business in San Francisco in the early 1850s, then in Victoria in 1858. Langley St is named for him.] William was educated at Trinity College School at Port Hope, ON, then worked in the law offices of Drake, Jackson & Helmcken. He completed his legal education in London and was called to the BC bar in 1890. He worked with Archer Martin (1022-24 McGregor Av, Rockland), then Alexis Martin (1598 Rockland Av) until 1906, then established his own practice. In 1906 William married Gladys Annie Mona Baiss (1881-1978), a native of San Antonio, TX, who came to BC in 1888. He served overseas from 1916-18 and earned the rank of major. He was a solicitor for the justice department in Ottawa for nine years. William was also president of the Island Amusement Co, and a director of the Colonist Printing & Publishing Co. He retired in 1947 and died in 1951 when an E&N passenger train hit him at the Johnson St. Bridge. He had been living at a nursing home for two years and had wandered away.

1945-46: Contractor Sidney Coxworth (b. Markham, ON 1865-1951) and Harriet Edith Burton (née Evans, b. ENG 1880-1959) divided the house into apartments. Sidney then retired, at the age of 82.

1947-50: It was the 10-suite Terrace Court apartments, owned by Russell and Miriam McTavish.


• Map of Victoria's Heritage Register Properties

• Rockland History

• Rockland Heritage Register

• This Old House, Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods,
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