OUR MISSION: Home of the Architectural Heritage Museum. Dedicated to the beauty of historic homes of Victoria and the area, their preservation, documentation and popularization. A museum telling stories of homes, the people who built them and those who inhabited them.

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Wentworth Villa is currently not open to the public. Group tours will begin this spring.
For any inquiries about private visits, please contact us directly.

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Wentworth Villa

The Ella Family

Wentworth Villa was built in 1863 for captain Henry Bailey Ella and his family. At the time of construction it was the largest residential building in Victoria and on Vancouver Island. It is believed to have been designed by Wright and Sanders, an architectural firm which designed a number of significant buildings in Victoria, such as the Emanu-El Synagogue and Emily Carr House. Wentworth Villa survived amazingly intact for 150 years, however, an extensive restoration (2013-2015) was required to ensure its presence in the future of Victoria.

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Grand Hall

Behind the historic building, which for many years housed an antique store, an addition was built in 1956. This is where the owners of the antique store lived. During restoration it was extensively modified and opened up to serve as one large multi-purpose space. It is suitable to accommodate temporary exhibits and to serve as a lecture hall and a venue for chamber music concerts.