House at 57 Columbia Road

old photo of Hudec's house
Old photo of Hudec's house. From Hudec Collection archives, University of Victoria

Hudec built this house for himself, his wife Gisela, and their three children. In the English Tudor style, the house is an example of Hudec's careful design and high standards of craftsmanship.

Elevation of house
Elevation drawing, facing south, 1930.
Hudec Collection archives, University of Victoria

The drawings date to 1930, but he finished it in 1933.

plan of garden showing year-round angle of sun
Plan of house and grounds, on left showing garden plan,
on right showing diagram of house and year-round angles of the sun, 1930. Hudec Collection archives, University of Victoria

The grounds of the house were designed by Hudec, who had an interest in the relationship between building and landscape. He also designed grounds for other buildings, such as Hubertus Court (now the Da Hua Guest House), the apartment building he designed with a flat for his family in 1938, after his children had grown and left home.

plan of grounds
Detail of plan of grounds, 1930. Hudec Collection archives, University of Victoria

The plan of the grounds to the left of the image above show the access to Columbia Road that remains the same (there is a guarded gate facing the street today). Otherwise, none of the grounds remain, though some of the old trees are still there.


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