Kari Veblen

153 St. James Street

Dr. Dianne Fawcett was a lichenologist. She travelled the world, gathering samples of lichen. Her travels to Japan inspire her to build a Japanese room on the back of her house.


Dr. Dianne Fawcett, a former professor at Western University, studied lichens in Japan. Her Japanese travels inspired her to build an unusual structure on the back of her then residence at 153 St. James Street, as Dr. Kari Veblen explains.


Dr. Fawcett was at the University. She was a lichenologist, and she traveled around the world scraping lichen off of rocks and spent a fair amount of time in Japan. When I moved here she had left me some tatami mats, a few vases and other sort-of Japanese things, very small items, just small Japanese things, to go with the back room which she had built, and built on, as an addition. She had a carpenter build it, and the idea of it having different sorts of wood and being some more polished, some less polished, surfaces, and having that very clean Japanese look, little shelves built in, things like that. It has a large picture window that at the time that I moved in, looked out onto a Japanese garden.


If you’d like to hear more stories from the Great Talbot area walk along St. James Street and look for the orange Hear, Here sign.