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David Bartlett Block

17 King Street, St Stephen, New Brunswick, E3L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2007/10/15

Image of the front façade; Town of St. Stephen
David Bartlett Block
Image of the front façade; Town of St. Stephen
David Bartlett Block
South side windows; Town of St. Stephen
David Bartlett Block

Other Name(s)

David Bartlett Block
International Drug Co.
International Drug Co.

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1892/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/12/16

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The David Bartlett Block is a brick two-storey Italianate commercial building with a ground-level storefront from the late 19th century. It is located on King Street in St. Stephen.

Heritage Value

The David Bartlett Block is designated a Local Historic Place for its architecture and for its association with its former occupants. It is an example of commercial Italianate architecture. This two-storey brick building exhibits such Italianate details as the segmented arch window headers, the elaborate roofline cornice and the storefront with a bracketed cornice. The building was built in 1892 by David Bartlett of Bartlett's Mills, New Brunswick.

The David Bartlett Block is also recognized for its association with its former occupants. The lower floor was rented to business firms, namely DeWolfe’s Hardware and Wilson’s Tin Shop. In 1900, Valentine (Tine) Vanstone established the International Drug Co. in the area occupied by DeWolfe’s and Wilson’s. The first product manufactured by this firm was “Ginger Beer”. Later, other soft drinks were added to the inventory and the beverages carried the name “Old Homestead”. The “Old Homestead” cigar was produced in 1910. The company became known for their Valentine Extracts of Vanilla and Lemon as well as for being a wholesale business featuring candies, gum, paper products, etc. The business closed in 1973 after serving the public for more than 70 years.

Source: St. Stephen Town Hall - Historic Places file “David Barlett Block”.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe the David Bartlett Block include:
- rectangular two-storey massing;
- symmetrical front façade;
- brick exterior walls;
- rectangular 2/2 windows with segmented arch blind transoms and grey granite sills;
- brick roofline cornice with brick corbel brackets and dentils;
- storefront with cornice, engaged pillars and brackets.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date

2007/10/15

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment
Industry
Food and Beverage Manufacturing Facility

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

David Bartlett

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

St. Stephen Town Hall - Historic Places files

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

1403

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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