In 1929, shortly before the Wall Street Crash (Black Tuesday), Bob Filberg commissioned master builder William Haggarty to build a summer lodge for him and his family. The Lodge, as well as the surrounding buildings, have a Scandinavian theme, now known as the “arts and crafts” style (recognizable for the extensive use of wood, steep pitches on the roofs and a rustic yet upscale look). The house, with its five bedrooms, five fireplaces, and four bathrooms, was massive for the 1930s, and took six years to build. Some people say that Mr. Filberg stretched out the building process to keep his men employed throughout the Great Depression.
The concrete foundation of the Lodge rests on piles driven into an old salt marsh and Native midden. This beautiful rustic building reflects the skills of local craftsmen in the use of stone and timber. The original stonework was done over a period of many years by stonemason and head gardener William Meier.
The warm interior of the Lodge complements the outside appearance. Many of the beams and much of the millwork was hand finished with an adze. A local First Nations petroglyph and cannon balls from the British Navy are incorporated in the fascinating stone wall of the fireplace.
The Lodge will be open for tours on Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday’s from Easter weekend through Thanksgiving weekend from 11am to 4pm.
If your group, club or organization is interested in a private tour of the Lodge please email the Lodge Administrator or call 250 339-2715 to set up an appointment.