1605 York Place received a designation at this year’s Hallmark Awards ceremony. (Submitted)

1605 York Place received a designation at this year’s Hallmark Awards ceremony. (Submitted)

Exceptional accolades for Oak Bay at this year’s Hallmark Awards

Of 19 recognitions and awards given, 11 were for Oak Bay or focused on Oak Bay

Oak Bay received exceptional accolades at this year’s Hallmark Awards ceremony at St. Ann’s Academy. Of the 19 recognitions and awards given, 11 were for Oak Bay or focused on Oak Bay.

Hosted by the Hallmark Society, the 43rd Annual Hallmark Heritage Society Awards saw eight Oak Bay houses, two Oak Bay websites, and a book recognized for their heritage value.

“It is also important that owners, who do so much to protect and preserve the heritage of their homes and the neighbourhood streetscapes, witness the appreciation of the Mayor, Heritage Oak Bay, and Hallmark, and also the many guests who also attended,” said Robert Taylor, Chair of the Heritage Foundation.

“This year was a milestone event for Oak Bay Heritage, with five homes designated, one registered and two homes recognized with Awards of Merit for outstanding interior/exterior restoration. Oak Bay Heritage was also recognized through three innovative Communication Awards,” said Cairine Green, Chair of the Heritage Commission. “All of this was possible only because of the tremendous efforts of Oak Bay residents, homeowners and dedicated Oak Bay Heritage Commission and Foundation volunteers, namely Foundation President Robert Taylor and Foundation and Heritage Commission members Marg Palmer, Pat Wilson, Joan Heagle and Bronwyn Taylor.”

Awards of Merit

1400 St. Patrick Street – renovation of the Rochfort-designed 1922 house by Brad and Irene Hall

1359 St. Patrick Street – renovation of the Rochefort-Designed 1911-12 house by Andrew Atkins and Coleen Cattle

Communication Awards

Stuart Stark’s book, The BC Agricultural Society Exhibition Building

Gary Wilcox’s The History of Oak Bay website

Peter Grant’s Oak Bay Chronicles website

Designations

1526 Beach Dr. – owner Teresa Kambites

2608 Cavendish Ave – owners Jennifer and Keith Macleod

799 Linkleas Ave – owners Joan Heagle and William Jamieson

1208 Oliver St. – owner Ralph Lapp

1605 York Pl. – owners Kathryn Jordan and Timothy McElvaine

Registration

2390 Oak Bay Ave. – owners Barbara and Robert Longe

Oak Bay News will be featuring a more indepth look at these heritage award recipients over the next few weeks.