Tour opens doors to beautiful, quirky

Six Victoria-area homes on display Sunday for Art Gallery of Greater Victoria fundraiser

Jim Kirk lies about in his Oak Bay home which will be part of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s house tour. Kirk’s house is unique in its quirkiness. The tour takes place on Sept. 11.

Jim Kirk lies about in his Oak Bay home which will be part of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s house tour. Kirk’s house is unique in its quirkiness. The tour takes place on Sept. 11.

Walking down Oak Bay Avenue, it’s easy to miss one of the region’s most unique dwellings perched above the throngs of people who pass by obliviously each day.

Next to the roofline of the Penny Farthing pub, Jim Kirk lives in a flat-roofed, mid-century-modern dwelling.

There are the 1970s Barcelona chairs, a near-industrial kitchen and glossy grey walls.

Outside is a bonsai garden with trees that have been growing since the 1960s.

The loft at 2233 Theatre Ln. is one of six standout houses in Greater Victoria on this year’s home tour, a fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

“We sell out every year,” said Joan Huzar, who chairs the event.

“I think it’s about getting inside. These are homes the owners designed themselves.”

Kirk, 71, worked with interior designer Diane Kettner on his abode, which he bought in 1988. It’s been through three renovations since then, the most recent taking place last Christmas. He’s happy to have people stroll through his living space.

“It’s the least we can do for the community,” he said.

Last year’s house tour raised less than $30,000 for the art gallery’s programs and exhibits and the hope is to raise even more this year.

An artist will show work and prepare new pieces at each of the addresses on the self-guided tour.

Organizers say the tour isn’t necessarily suited for children under 12, and there are stairs at all addresses, which could prevent access for people with mobility issues.

The home tour happens Sunday (Sept. 11) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $40, available at AGGV, 1040 Moss St., Peninsula Gallery in Sidney and all three Garden Works locations in Greater Victoria.

Each ticket purchased can be used for two-for-one admission at AGGV.

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