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Frank Flewwelling House

149 Douglas Avenue, Saint John, New Brunswick, E2K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1992/11/02

This photograph shows the contextual view of the building, 2005; City of Saint John
Frank Flewwelling House - Contextual view
This photograph shows the upper portion of the ornate bay window topped by a gable dormer, 2005; City of Saint John
Frank Flewwelling House - Bay and dormer
This photograph shows the entrance of the building, 2005; City of Saint John
Frank Flewwelling House - Entrance

Other Name(s)

Frank Flewwelling House
Willard Smith Residence
Résidence Willard Smith

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/03/26

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Built in 1898, the Frank Flewwelling House is a wooden two-storey Queen Anne Revival residence with an off-centre entrance and a bay window on the front façade. It is located on Douglas Avenue within the Douglas Avenue Preservation Area of Saint John.

Heritage Value

The Frank Flewwelling House is designated a Local Historic Place for its location, for its architecture and for its association with its original occupant.

The Frank Flewwelling House is recognized as a part of the Douglas Avenue Preservation Area. Douglas Avenue Preservation Area was recognized as a protected historic streetscape because of its fine mixture of working class tenements along with more substantial homes of the middle and wealthy classes. As a result of its community atmosphere, many of these homes have long-standing family connections spanning multiple generations. Douglas Avenue was built in the mid 1850's to connect Main Street with the newly constructed suspension bridge at Reversing Falls. This area was formerly a part of the City of Portland before that city amalgamated with Saint John in 1889. Built in 1898, the Frank Flewwelling House is an example of Queen Anne Revival residential architecture within this district.

Frank Flewwelling House is also recognized through its association with its original occupant, Frank H. Flewwelling. Flewelling was a founder of the firm of Slipp and Flewelling, packers and dealers in pork, lard, hams, hay, oats and feed on Main Street in the former Town of Portland. They employed 7 people. Their products were said to have been unsurpassed in quality and the annual transaction of the firm for the first year of their business amounted to 120 tons of pork, 1,000 tons of hay, and 20 cars of oats and feed. Flewwelling passed away at this residence in 1924.

Source: Planning and Development Department - City of Saint John.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe the Frank Flewwelling House include:
- rectangular two-storey plan;
- mansard roof;
- ornate brackets under the cornice;
- large pediment dormer with three small square leaded glass windows;
- two-storey bay window on the front façade;
- ornate headers over the triple windows in the upper portion of the bay window;
- oriel window on the north façade;
- projecting entrance porch with sidelights and a bracketed hipped roof topped by an ornamental balustrade.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Municipal Heritage Preservation Act, s.5(1)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Preservation Act

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

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

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning and Development Department - City of Saint John

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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