James, Percy Leonard

JAMES, Percy Leonard (1878-1970)
(biography in preparation)

The British Columbia Public Archives at Victoria, B.C. holds an important manuscript collection of personal papers belonging to Percy L. James (BCPA, MSS 502). Many references to buildings listed below are extracted from a typed list of works contained within this collection.

P.L. JAMES

ESQUIMALT, B.C., 'Stonehedge Park', residence for John W. Lysle, Munro Street, 1909 (D. Field, Built Heritage in Esquimalt: An Inventory, 1984, 23-4, illus.)
OAK BAY, residence for Mrs. H. James, Tod Road, 1910 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 24, illus.)
ST. CHARLES STREET, 'Bannavern', a residence for Hon. William A. Galliher, 1910 (C.R., xxiv, 20 July 1910, 27; M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 182, illus.; Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 3, 2014, 204-05, illus. & descrip.)

JAMES & JAMES

SAANICH, B.C., a wood and shingle water tower at "Hamsterley Farm", for Algernon Pease, Finnerty Road, c. 1910 (Donald Luxton & Jennifer Barr, Saanich Heritage Structures, 2008, 77, illus. & descrip.)
ROCKLAND AVENUE, near St. Charles Street, residence for Duncan Ross, 1910-11 (C.R., xxiv, 21 Dec. 1910, 29)
OAK BAY, St. Mary's Anglican Church, Burns Street, 1911; extensions 1913; demol. (Colonist [Victoria], 1 Dec. 1910, 5, illus. & descrip.; 5 Oct. 1911, 3, descrip.; 16 May 1913, 3, illus.; BCPA, Prints & Dwgs. Coll., 75)
BROUGHTON STREET, new facade for the Bridgeman Building, 1910-11 (M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 63, illus.; BCPA, Prints & Dwgs. Coll.)
HAYNES BLOCK, Fort Street, 1911 (Colonist [Victoria], 21 Feb. 1911, 2, illus.; C.R., xxv, 11 Oct. 1911, 62)
OAK BAY, residence for Mrs. F.C. Wolfenden, 1912 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 15, illus.)
OAK BAY, residence for Charles S. Baxter, 1912 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 25, illus.)
OAK BAY, residence for Donald A. Malin, St. David Street, 1912 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 107, illus.)
OAK BAY, residence for Herbert S. Lott, Transit Road, 1912 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 56, illus.)
OAK BAY, mansion for John W. Morris, Beach Drive near Broom Road, 1912 (BCPA, Prints & Dwgs. Coll., 576; S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 29, illus.; M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 164-5, illus.)
OAK BAY TOWN HALL, Oak Bay Avenue at Hampshire Road, 1912; demol. (Colonist [Victoria], 14 April 1912, 2, illus.)
OAK BAY POST OFFICE & GROCERY, Oak Bay Avenue, 1912 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 97, illus.)
OAK BAY, residence for G.H.S. Edwards, 1912 (BCPA, MSS 502)
ROCKLAND AVENUE, residence for James T. Reid, 1912 (Colonist [Victoria], 5 June 1912, 4; M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 184, illus.; Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 3, 166, illus. & descrip.)
MOSS STREET, residence for James Helmcken, 1913 (M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 188, illus.; Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 3, 2014, 142-43, illus. & descrip.)
KING GEORGE TERRACE, residence for E. Harrison, 1913 (BCPA, James Coll., MSS 502)
OAK BAY, residence for E.O. Weston, Highland Drive, 1914 (Canadian Builder & Carpenter [Toronto], iv, July 1914, 25-27, illus. & descrip.)
DOMINION PUBLIC BUILDING, Government Street at Yates Street, 1949-52 (Canada, Sessional Papers, 1949-50, No. 8, 38; M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 81, illus.; BCPA, Prints & Dwgs. Coll., 592)

P.L. JAMES

ST. CHARLES STREET, at Shasta Street, residence for Harry F. Bullen, 1920 (Const., xiv, Oct. 1921, 2, illus.; dwgs. at BCPA, CM/B/650; Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 3, 2014, 202, illus. & descrip.)
(with Karl B. Spurgin) ROYAL JUBILEE HOSPITAL, Fort Street, the East Wing, 1921 (M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 193, illus.)
KING GEORGE TERRACE, residence for Maj. Frederick V. Longstaff, 1922 (BCPA, MSS 502)
PEMBERTON ROAD, residence for Hon. Peter S. Lampman, 1922 (C.H.G., iii, Dec. 1926, 30, illus.; R.A.I.C. Journal, v, Nov. 1928, 407, illus.)
SHASTA PLACE, residence for Helen Nation, 1923 (Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 3, 2014, 190-91, illus. & descrip.)
(with F.M. Rattenbury) CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY TERMINAL, Belleville Street at Menzies Street, 1923-24 (Canadian Railway & Marine World, xxvii, Dec. 1924, 602, illus.; M. Segger & D. Franklin, Victoria, 1979, 160-1, illus.; dwgs. at BCPA, RP 7)
(with F.M. Rattenbury) CRYSTAL GARDEN, Douglas Street at Belleville Street, 1924-25 (Victoria Daily Times, 13 Nov. 1924, 1 & 2, descrip.; 25 June 1925, 10-12, illus. & descrip.; C.R., xxxix, 15 April 1925, 360-1, illus. & descrip.; Const., xviii, July 1925, 228-30, illus. & descrip.; Pierre Berton et al, Crystal Garden: West Coast Pleasure Palace, 1977, 78-89, illus.)
SOOKE, B.C., residence for Major P.W. Taylor, 1927 (BCPA, Prints & Dwgs. Coll., 579)
THETIS ISLAND, B.C., country house for H. Hunter, 1927 (BCPA, Prints & Dwgs. Coll., 578)
OAK BAY, residence for Henry Burt-Smith, Beach Drive, 1927 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 49, illus.)
SYLVAN LANE, residence for Ernest H. Bird, 1927 (R.A.I.C. Journal, v, Nov. 1928, 401, illus.)
SAANICH, B.C., residence for Cecil L.H. Branson, Seaview Road near Cadboro View, 1928 (M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 194, illus.; BCPA, MSS 502)
TERRACE AVENUE, residence for Arthur B. Cotton, 1928 (BCPA, MSS 502)
LANSDOWNE ROAD, near Uplands Road, residence for Maj. P.E. Thacker, 1929 (BCPA, MSS 502)
UPLANDS ROAD, at Dewdney Avenue, residence for Mrs. Mary I. Hutchinson, 1929 (BCPA, MSS 502)
BEACH DRIVE, near Suffolk Street, residence for J.E. Semmes, 1929 (BCPA, MSS 502)
UPLANDS ROAD, near Lansdowne Road, residence for H.C. Victor MacDowall, 1930 (BCPA, MSS 502)
BEACH DRIVE, at Somass Drive, residence for Mrs. E.C. Wilson, 1930 (BCPA, MSS 502)

JAMES & SAVAGE

OAK BAY, residence for Charles H. Carpenter, Lansdowne Road, 1927 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 112, illus.)
OAK BAY, residence for Judge Peter S. Lampman, Nottingham Road, 1928 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 112, illus.)
CADBORO BAY ROAD, near Cedar Hill Cross Road, residence for Howard M. Archibald, 1928 (R.A.I.C. Journal, x, Aug. 1933, 144, illus.)
OAK BAY, residence for Kenneth C. Allen, Tarn Place, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 3 July 1929, 64; S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 117, illus.; Larry McCann, Imagining Uplands, 2016, 288, illus.)
SAANICH, "Queenswood", the residence for Col. Alan A. Sharland, Queenswood Drive at Arbutus Road, c. 1928-29; residence later burned c. 1955 and demol. c. 1965, but Gamekeeper's Cottage still standing, Queenswood Drive near Arbutus Road (R.A.I.C. Journal, x, Aug. 1933, 146-7, illus.; Donald Luxton & Jennifer Barr, Saanich Heritage Structures, 2008, 27, illus. & descrip.)
COLWOOD, B.C., clubhouse for the Colwood Golf & Country Club, 1929 (Victoria Daily Times, 15 March 1929, 15, descrip.; Const., xxii, April 1929, 133; C.R., xliii, 31 July 1929, 60)
ST. CHARLES STREET, residence for Mrs. D. Savage, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 21 Aug. 1929, 99)
SAANICH, "Stranton Lodge", a residence for Thomas W. Hall, Burnside Road West near Mildred Street, c. 1930 (Parks Canada, Canada's Historic Places, historic designation, 27 July 1992)
ROCKLAND AVENUE, at Terrace Avenue, residence for Capt. W. Hobart Molson, 1930 (C.R., xliv, 6 Aug. 1930, 68)
UPLANDS, residence for H.C. Victor Macdowell, Uplands Road near Lansdowne Road, 1930 (Larry McCann, Imagining Uplands, 2016, 287, illus.)
OAK BAY, residence for J. Harman, York Place, 1931 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 38, ills.; M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 168, illus.)

P.L. JAMES

CADBORO BAY ROAD, residence for William B. Pease, 1935 (BCPA, MSS 502)
OAK BAY FIRE HALL, Monterey Avenue, 1938 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 21, illus.)
BURDETT AVENUE, The Deanery, a rectory for Christ Church Cathedral, 1938 (BCPA, Prints & Dwgs. Coll., 86; Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 4, 2009, 146, illus. & descrip.)
YARROW MEMORIAL CHAPEL, Vancouver Street, for the Anglican Bishop, 1939 (Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 4, 2009, 145, illus. & descrip.)
NIAGARA STREET, at Medina Street, Sunday School for Christ Church Cathedral, 1938 (BCPA, Prints & Dwgs. Coll., 86)
DENISON ROAD, near Sylvan Lane, residence for Edgar W. Griffith, 1938-39 (Building in Canada, xx, Sept. 1940, 36, illus. & descrip.)
OAK BAY, residence for J.H. Johns, Somass Drive, 1939-43 (M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 198, illus.)
ST. CHARLES STREET, residence for Mrs. Peter S. Lampman, 1941 (BCPA, MSS 502)
SAANICH, residence for Joseph Cook, Queenswood Drive, 1942 (Donald Luxton & Jennifer Barr, Saanich Heritage Structures, 2008, 22, illus. & descrip.)
CRESCENT ROAD, residence for Ernest A.M. Williams, 1945 (BCPA, MSS 502)
EAST SAANICH ROAD, 'Orchard Gate', residence for Norman A. Yarrow, 1950 (M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 266, illus.; BCPA, MSS 502; Donald Luxton & Jennifer Barr, Saanich Heritage Structures, 2008, 128, illus. & descrip.)
OAK BAY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Cranmore Road, 1950-51 (C.R., lxiii, June 1950, 124; Victoria Daily Times, 30 Oct. 1950, 2)

COMPETITIONS

WINNIPEG, MAN., City Hall, 1913. P.L. James and his brother Douglas James were one of 39 architects from across Canada who submitted plans in this national competition, but they were not among the five finalists (City of Winnipeg Archives, Council Communications, 1913, Box A169, Item 9741, list of entrants). The winners were Clemesha & Portnall of Regina, but their scheme was never built.