The City of Colwood is holding a public hearing on Feb. 10 about to a bylaw that would enable heritage designation and protection for the Colwood Dairy and Cheese House. The building dates back to 1852. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood Dairy and Cheese House up for heritage designation

Building is the oldest structure on the West Shore

The oldest standing structure on the West Shore and one of the six oldest in the province could receive heritage designation from the City of Colwood.

Colwood is holding a public hearing to receive feedback from the community about a proposed bylaw that would enable heritage protection for the Colwood Dairy and Cheese house that dates back to 1852.

Currently located behind a single-family home on Goldstream Avenue across from the Royal Colwood Golf Course, the building is the only one that remains from Capt. Edward E. Langford’s farmstead. It’s a five-by-nine metre stone structure and was the first dairy on the Island. It was constructed as part of the Esquimalt farm, a key producer of products such as cheese, milk and butter for Fort Victoria.

The farmhouse was demolished and the dairy was neglected until the land was purchased in 1952 by Art Treloar and his wife Elsie. The couple repaired the building and turned it into a workshop.

In 1981, the Capital Regional District wanted to add the building to its heritage registry, but the owner at the time told the Gazette back then that she’d tear it down if people started to snoop around. Budget restrictions led to the CRD dropping its effort to grant the building heritage designation.

The building itself is off the roadway and out of the public eye.

In 2011, then-mayor Dave Saunders said the City had no idea it existed until development plans for condominiums on the 400-block of Goldstream Avenue brought the structure into the foreground. At the time, the developer agreed to give Colwood ownership of the dairy and move the building closer to the road for public access while condos were to be built on other parts of the property. However, the dairy has not yet been moved.

In 2012, a team of archaeologists discovered – original 1852 bricks produced on the farm – underneath the building’s newer, concrete floor. They also discovered a metal bucket buried that was taken to the Royal B.C. Museum to be treated in its conservation lab. The bucket is thought to be part of the structure’s original draining and cooling system.

On Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:45 p.m., the City of Colwood will hold a public hearing about the Colwood Dairy and Cheese House’s heritage designation in the council chambers at city hall.

The heritage designation bylaw would enable the protection of the building as well as its original brick floor and the draining system associated with the floor.

A copy of the proposed bylaw can be seen at Colwood City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, until Feb. 10. Written submissions for the hearing must be received before noon on Feb. 10. Any submissions received after the deadline will not be received or considered unless delivered at the hearing.

shalu.mehta@blackpress.ca

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Black History Month: Documentary sheds light on black pioneers’ role in Victoria

Secret Victoria: Rush to Freedom looks at how a mass migration shaped the capital

Nearly 1,000 Saanich households located within tsunami-planning zone

Residents sent preparedness packs, although risk of tsunami is low

Camosun’s two volleyball teams bumped out of provincial championship title

Camosun Chargers lose gold medal match on Saturday, Feb. 22

VIDEO: Royals nab 4–3 win against Kelowna Rockets in shootout

Jerseys worn during match up for auction, proceeds towards BC Cancer Foundation

UPDATED: VicPD safely find high-risk missing 17-year-old girl

Teen was last seen in Chinatown on Feb. 21

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

VIDEO: Wounded Warrior Run leaves Port Hardy on eight-day trek down Vancouver island

The team’s fundraising goal this year is $250,000, which is double last year’s goal.

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

B.C. money laundering inquiry to begin amid hopes for answers, accountability

Eby argued that most B.C. residents already know the previous government, at best, turned a blind eye

Blockades remain in place as Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs returning to B.C.

Hereditary Chief Woos said they are ready to engage in nation-to-nation talks with the B.C.

Tyler Toffoli scores twice, Canucks crush Bruins 9-3

Stecher, Miller each add three points for Vancouver

Most Read