“Craigdarroch Castle, a historic Victorian-era mansion, was built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, the richest man in nineteenth-century British Columbia.
Rising 87 stairs up through the four and a half stories, the castle was designed by Portland, Oregon architect, Warren H. Williams who died only four months after construction began on the castle. Built in the Romanesque/chateauesque style popular among the very rich as an architectural style suitable to one's fortune, it was successfully completed by his associate, Arthur L. Smith in 1890.”
Through his Dunsmuir connections, Freeman was commissioned to design Grace Methodist Church. Windows and the entrance were inspired by late Victorian Gothic Revival styles so popular during this time. Freeman designed the Oakland, California residence for Dunsmuir in addition to a grand house that would act as the local headquarters for the Dunsmuir operations, as residence for Frank Little, and as accommodations for the Dunsmuirs when they visited their holdings.