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Jonathan McCully House National Historic Site of Canada

2507 Brunswick Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1975/11/28

Jonathan McCully House National Historic Site of Canada; Parks Canada / Parcs Canada
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Construction Date(s)

1856/01/01 to 1857/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/12/09

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.

Heritage Value

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

Character-Defining Elements

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.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Historic Sites and Monuments Act

Recognition Type

National Historic Site of Canada

Recognition Date

1975/11/28

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Politics and Political Processes
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Government
Treaty-Making Site

Historic

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Canadian Inventory of Historic Building Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 525, 25 Eddy Street, Hull, Quebec.

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

289

Status

Published

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