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Dockyard Terrace

Buildings 77, 78 and 79 HMC Dockyard Terrace, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1987/07/28

General view of the Dockyard Terrace, showing the elegant, symmetrical façade distinguished by a central pediment, framed by giant pilasters, set upon a high basement, 1986.; Department of National Defence / Ministère de la Défense nationale, 1986.
General view
Rear view of the Dockyard Terrace, showing the building’s simple two-storey form and wide tripartite, rectangular massing with a gable roof, rear dormers and chimneys, 1986.; Department of National Defence / Ministère de la Défense nationale, 1986.
Rear view
Interior view of the Dockyard Terrace, showing the decorative fireplace mantels.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada.
Interior view

Other Name(s)

Dockyard Terrace
Buildings 77, 78 and 79
Bâtiments 77, 78 et 79
Dockyard Terrace Residences

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Construction Date(s)

1815/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/02/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Set on a sloping site in a landscaped park, the Dockyard Terrace, also known as Buildings 77, 78, and 79, stands within Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Dockyard in Halifax, part of the Halifax Dockyard National Historic Site of Canada. An elegant, gable-roofed two-storey structure, it is distinguished by a symmetrical, tripartite façade clad in vinyl siding intended to recall its original wood construction. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Dockyard Terrace is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.

Historical Value
The Dockyard Terrace is one of the best examples of a structure associated with the 1812-14 war effort. This rare building is associated with the first sixty-year period of activity at the dockyard after its establishment in 1758. This period saw Halifax established as a military and urban centre.

Architectural Value
The Dockyard Terrace is a very good example of vernacular Classicism used in domestic architecture in Canada. It appears to be the oldest surviving example of terraced housing in Canada. Functionally excellent, the building exhibits very good quality craftsmanship and materials. The building demonstrates the elegant simplicity characteristic of the works of the Royal Engineers.

Environmental Value
The Dockyard Terrace reinforces the present character of the landscape park setting of HMC Dockyard and is familiar to staff and visitors within the Dockyard.

Sources: Leslie Maitland, Buildings 77, 78, 79 Dockyard Terrace, H.M.C. Dockyard, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 86-070; Dockyard Terrace, HMC Dockyard, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Heritage Character Statement 86-070.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Dockyard Terrace should be respected.

Its classical, highly functional design, good quality materials and craftsmanship as evidenced in:
- the building’s simple two-storey form and wide tripartite, rectangular massing with a gable roof, rear dormers and three chimneys;
- the elegant, symmetrical façade distinguished by a central pediment, framed by giant pilasters, set upon a high basement;
- the five-bay width of each of the three units;
- the formal arrangement of the openings, and the central front door of each unit reached by a flight of stairs leading up to an enclosed porch;
- the interior decorative features including the doors, door and window casings, fireplace mantels and staircases and the relatively intact room layout.

The manner in which the Dockyard Terrace reinforces the present character of its landscaped park setting within the Dockyard setting and is a familiar landmark within the base, as evidenced by:
- the classical, terraced design that complements and maintains a relationship to the surrounding landscaped park area;
- its visibility to visitors and to staff within the base and also its role as a symbol of the close relationship between the dockyard and HMC Dockyard.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1987/07/28

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Defence
Residential Facility

Architect / Designer

Royal Engineers

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

2865

Status

Published

Related Places

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