More sketches by Peter Ewart:


Trees and Landscape studies
Spider Island, 1945-1946

Historic Buildings of the Cariboo, Sketches by Peter Ewart

"The drawings in this portfolio represent a side of my work in which I have taken great pleasure. When I travelled the Cariboo in the 50's and 60's I recorded many of the old buildings that still stood beside the roads at that time. When drawing these sketches I felt as though I could hear the sound of hymns coming from the churches, or the chatter of the Barnard stage coaches pulling up to the old mile houses. It is sad that so many of these sites have disappeared, but I hope that something of their nostalgic appeal will be conveyed in these works." (Peter Ewart)


The Clinton Hotel

The Clinton Hotel sketch by peter Ewart

original sketch
by Peter Ewart

The original 47-Mile House was built of logs in 1861 and extensions of clapboard siding were added in 1863. The 47-Mile House then became the Clinton Hotel.

For a century this was the social heart of the Cariboo, the great event being the Clinton Ball which, until 1963, drew guests from the entire Province. In that year, 100 years after its christening, this historic building burned to the ground.


Louie and Co. General Store

Louie and Co. General Store sketch by peter Ewart

original sketch
by Peter Ewart

Situated at Soda Creek, which marked the end of the Cariboo Road at this time, this building typifies the enterprise of those Chinese settlers who brought their wares and services to the Barkerville goldrush and later dispersed to other supply centres. Few of these buildings survive.



Log Building at Lee’s Corner

Log Building at Lee’s Corner sketch by peter Ewart

original sketch
by Peter Ewart

Here British aristrocrat Norman Lee, who wrote his customers' bills in poetry, set out on the most disastrous cattle drive in ranching history.

Hoping to make his fortune in the Klondike goldfields, he drove his cattle for a thousand miles through impossible terrain and incredible hardship. Though the entire herd was lost, Lee managed to return to the Chilcotin, - a legend that still lives.


105-Mile House

105-Mile House sketch by peter Ewart

original sketch
by Peter Ewart

One of the few surviving mile houses. These were established every twelve or fourteen miles along the Cariboo Highway to shelter, and trade with the thousands of gold seekers. In the seventies this post was a supply centre in the early development of the vast '108' Guest Ranch and recreational complex. It has since been moved to that site to become part of the historic restoration.



106-Mile House

106-Mile House sketch by peter Ewart

original sketch
by Peter Ewart

This drawing shows the architectural detail of the previous sketch: the now restored and re-located 105-Mile House.

At the time this drawing was done in 1956, this site was incorrectly identified to the artist as 106-Mile House. It has since been identified as an architectural detail of 105-Mile House.


Indian Church, Bonaparte Valley

Indian Church, Bonaparte Valley sketch by peter Ewart

original sketch
by Peter Ewart

This church was built in 1894 under the supervision of Father Le Jeune, a powerful figure in B.C. history for whom Lac Le Jeune was named. The original handhewn logs have been covered by lumber for many years. This church is still in use.



St. Saviour’s Church

St. Saviour’s Church sketch by peter Ewart

original sketch
by Peter Ewart

This elegant little church was built in 1869, a year after Barkerville was destroyed by fire. It now graces the historic park in which the original goldrush town has been beautifully re-created and restored.


Log building, Soda Creek

Log building, Soda Creek sketch by peter Ewart

original sketch
by Peter Ewart

This fine example of log building at Soda Creek illustrates the favoured techniques of dovetailing (boc corner) and rounded notch (saddle corner). In the latter, the upperlogs were notched underneath to allow for drainage, and locked firmly in place. Both techniques required considerable skill and a fine axeman was greatly valued. Instead of the finely placed shakes used here for roofing, sod was frequently employed, and throughout the Cariboo such picturesque cabin roofs may still be seen, blooming in summer with yellow sedum, grass and cacti.



Old homestead

Old homestead sketch by peter Ewart

original sketch
by Peter Ewart

...between Williams Lake and Lac La Hache. 137-Mile House was once the centre of news, hospitality, and the only social life available to the constantly toiling settlers. Built by the pioneer McCarthy family, the house has been extended, but the architecture of the original building may be clearly seen today. The McCarthy's love of dancing enriched Cariboo social life when they built a dance hall fifteen miles away at 122-Mile House, where the dilapidated remains may still be seen today.


Oldest building in the Cariboo

Oldest building in the Cariboo sketch by peter Ewart

original sketch
by Peter Ewart

At the time this sketch was done, this site was designated as the oldest existing building in the Cariboo dated 1858. Shown here are four views of the large central building with its typical dovetail corners. The deep overhang at one end possibly sheltered a ladder giving access to the upper floor.

The small building (below centre) may have been an earlier dwelling, later used as a pump house. Attempts were made several years ago to restore the main building but before the re-construction was completed, fire destroyed most of the site.