Samuel Maclure (1860-1929)

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Samuel Maclure (1860-1929) was a Victoria architect who did a lot of work for Robert Butchart and Jennie Butchart over a period of nearly three decades.

He designed many of the familiar historic buildings which are now part of the Butchart Gardens as well as several additions to Benvenuto, the Butcharts’ residence at Butchart Gardens.

Samuel Maclure (1860-1929) was the Butcharts' favorite architect. He designed several buildings at Butchart Gardens along with several additions to Benvenuto, the Butcharts' residence at Butchart Gardens (City of Victoria Archives photo M06101)
Samuel Maclure (1860-1929) was the Butcharts’ favorite architect. He designed several buildings at Butchart Gardens along with several additions to Benvenuto, the Butcharts’ residence at Butchart Gardens (City of Victoria Archives photo M06101)

Samuel Maclure also designed landscapes and may been responsible for the early design of the Sunken Garden and other features of the Butchart Gardens.It was through Samuel Maclure’s recommendation that landscape architect Raoul Robillard and his father Arthur Robillard came to work for Jennie Butchart at Benvenuto circa 1916-1918.  Raoul Robillard is credited with designing significant portions of the Sunken Garden for Jennie Butchart.

Some Samuel Maclure Designs For Robert Butchart and Jennie Butchart

Here are some of Samuel Maclure’s designs at Benvenuto, the Butchart Gardens and for Butchart family members, listed in chronological order:

942-944 St. Charles Street, Victoria

Designed by Samuel Maclure in 1909 for the Butcharts’ daughter, Mary, and her husband, William Todd.

942-944 St. Charles Street, Wilmar, 2005 (photo by Author)
942-944 St. Charles Street, Wilmar, 2005 (photo by Author)

1911

In 1911 Samuel Maclure designed a Sun Room addition to Benvenuto, the Butcharts’ house at Tod Inlet.

Samuel Maclure architectural drawing in interior and exterior details of the Sunroom Addition at Benvenuto, November 1911. (Courtesy of UVic Library - Special Collections)
Samuel Maclure architectural drawing in interior and exterior details of the Sunroom Addition at Benvenuto, November 1911. (Courtesy of UVic Library – Special Collections)

1913

In 1913 Samuel Maclure designed several significant additions to Benvenuto, the Butcharts’ house at Butchart Gardens.

Samuel Maclure architectural drawing of the Swimming Pool addition to Benvenuto, 1913 (courtesy UVic Library - Special Collections)
Samuel Maclure architectural drawing of the Swimming Pool addition to Benvenuto, 1913 (courtesy UVic Library – Special Collections)

1916

2031 Runnymede Avenue, Oak Bay

Designed in 1916 for Harry Ross and Jennie Ross (nee Butchart):

2031 Runnymede Avenue, November 2002. This house was designed by architect Samuel Maclure in 1916. (photo by Author)
2031 Runnymede Avenue, November 2002. This house was designed by architect Samuel Maclure in 1916. (photo by Author)

1919

Sun Room Extension, Benvenuto, 1919

Samuel Maclure drawings for Sun Room extension, 1919 (courtesy of Maltwood Gallery - AP301)
Samuel Maclure drawings for Sun Room extension, 1919 (courtesy of Maltwood Gallery – AP301)

1920-1921

Jennie Butchart’s Private Garden, Benvenuto, 1920-1921

Detail from Samuel Maclure drawing for "Garden House & Trelliage" for Jennie Butchart's Private Garden, 1920. This design is still in place. (courtesy of UVic Library - Special Collections)
Detail from Samuel Maclure drawing for “Garden House & Trelliage” for Jennie Butchart’s Private Garden, 1920. This design is still in place. (courtesy of UVic Library – Special Collections)
Jennie Butchart's Private Garden, designed and built in 1920-1921 by architect Samuel Maclure (photo by Author)
Jennie Butchart’s Private Garden, designed and built in 1920-1921 by architect Samuel Maclure. This photo was taken in August. (photo by Author)

1925

Arbor Against House, Benvenuto, 1925

In 1925 Samuel Maclure designed an “Arbor Against House” for the Butchart’s planned Italian Garden.

Samuel Maclure design for "Arbor Against House" for the Italian Garden, 1925 (courtesy of UVic Library - Special Collections)
Samuel Maclure design for “Arbor Against House” for the Italian Garden, 1925 (courtesy of UVic Library – Special Collections)
One of the "Arbor Against House" designed by architect Samuel Maclure for the Italian Garden in 1925. (photo by Author)
One of the “Arbor Against House” designed by architect Samuel Maclure for the Italian Garden in 1925. (photo by Author)
Samuel Maclure architectural drawing for the Duck House at Benvenuto, circa 1925. (Courtesy of UVic Library - Special Collections).
Samuel Maclure architectural drawing for the Duck House at Benvenuto, circa 1925. (Courtesy of UVic Library – Special Collections).

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