A to Z Challenge: A is for Avalon Road (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2017 Great and Powerful 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

I’ve revealed my theme (Welcome to James Bay!), and true to form, I am going to be blogging my theme letters more on the fly than I originally planned 🙂

Anyway, here we go…A is for Avalon Road!

Here is a Google map showing where Avalon Road is located in James Bay.  You can see the street view by clicking on the little box in the bottom left-hand corner

Avalon Road is only a couple of blocks, and one of those blocks is covered in apartment buildings, but the second block – that block is full of old heritage houses. I have some links to the Victoria Heritage Foundation pages on some of these houses below.

What I could find out about Avalon Road:

From the reading I’ve done, specifically on the heritage houses, it seems like Avalon Road came into being in the 1890s, with houses built for working and middle class people.   The block of Avalon Road closest to Douglas (near Beacon Hill Park) became home to apartment buildings very likely in the 1970s, before preserving its heritage houses became a going concern in Victoria.

As you look down Avalon Road towards Government Street, you see the James Bay Inn, which opened in 1911.  I really like that this one block of Avalon is “no exit” onto Government.  It makes it a nice, quiet block.

Here are some pictures I took of Avalon Road, just the other day

On the block with apartments

Just for perspective, here is a picture from 1913, looking down Avalon towards Beacon Hill Park (where the apartment buildings are now) that I took from my This Old House: James Bay book (http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/TOH/tohvol2.html), on page 22 (trying to cite as best I can!!).  I tried to find this picture in the digital archives, but no luck..sigh…

Looking towards the block with the houses.  Note that I did not take a lot of pictures of specific houses.  I always feel a bit creepy taking pictures of people’s houses, and you can see the houses by clicking on the Heritage links above 🙂

A pretty typical street in James Bay.

What else do you want to know about Avalon Road?  Ask away, and I will see what I can find out for you!

Thanks for visiting my first A to Z Challenge post of 2017.  You can find more A posts at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/03/atozchallenge-4-1-2017-letter-a.html.  Stay tuned for B is for… on Monday!!

Posted on April 1, 2017, in A to Z Challenge and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I clicked on the links – some amazing houses.

  2. Nice theme, look forward to learning more about James Bay. Hope you have time to check out my effort too. Good luck for the challenge.

  3. What a pretty town this is. Looking forward to seeing much more.

  4. What a great street to start with! I love looking at old houses and the links I clicked on took me to some amazing houses.

    Plucking Of My Heartstrings

  5. Very pretty place 🙂

  6. Lots of history in those heritage houses. Glad they are preserved. Looks like a nice neighborhood in that area. 🙂

  7. I’m so happy to have stumbled across this! When I worked for the BC government, I often wandered around James Bay during my lunch breaks. I am looking forward to exploring those familiar streets and old buildings through your posts.

  8. Ooh ooh Emily! Did you notice that your photo (with the file name avalon5.jpg) has a face in it? Look up in the tree branches on the upper right, just above the power lines. Do you see it? It looks so sad.

    I think this was an interesting post. I love learning about other towns. Do you know the story behind the name, why they named it Avalon?

    Have a blessed Sunday. 🙂

    • I did not notice that, but I see it now I don’t know why they named it Avalon – I don’t even have a good guess yet, but if I ever find out, I’ll let you know!!

      • The face was the first thing that I noticed when I saw that picture. But, I tend to see faces everywhere anyway. 🙂
        Avalon is the name of the store that one of our friends owns. I look forward to hearing the story behind the name if you do find out. Have a blessed day!

  9. This will be fun! I get to learn about your awesome little town!

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