Jonathan McCully House National Historic Site of Canada
2507 Brunswick Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K, Canada
Links and documents
1856/01/01 to 1857/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Jonathan McCully House is an elegant two-and-a-half storey Italianate-style, stuccoed townhouse on a narrow urban lot in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Jonathan McCully House was designated a national historic site of Canada because: between 1863 and his death there on 2 January 1877, it was the residence of Jonathan McCully (1809-1877), Father of Confederation and person of national historic significance; and it is a remarkably intact example of a mid-19th century town house, and an important artifact of urban life in the pre-Confederation era.
The heritage value of this site resides in its historical associations with Jonathan McCully and in those physical elements that carry its conservative Italianate design and illustrate an upper middle-class urban townhouse of the mid-nineteenth century. Built in the late 1850s, the building was carefully restored in the 1990s.
Source: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Minutes, Fall 1975
Key elements illustrating the heritage value of the site include:
- its site, slightly set back from the street on a narrow lot and demarcated by a wrought iron gate;
- the two-and-a-half storey, rectangular massing under a truncated gable roof;
- the Italianate design with its symmetrical three-bay facade, central pediment, multi-light double-hung windows and similarly arranged rear facade with two-storey bow window, and columned entry portico on the front facade;
- tripartite bay (Scottish) dormers;
- classically inspired detailing including wooden window and door surrounds, corner quoins,
- solid brick construction with stucco cladding;
- interior side-hall plan with staircase parallel to the facade;
- surviving original interior detailing, including wood moulding, plasterwork, mantelpieces.
Government of Canada
Historic Sites and Monuments Act
National Historic Site of Canada
Theme - Category and Type
- Governing Canada
- Politics and Political Processes
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Treaty-Making Site
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Canadian Inventory of Historic Building Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 525, 25 Eddy Street, Hull, Quebec.
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