Kaulbach House Historic Inn
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1879/01/01 to 1890/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Kaulbach House is a two-storey wooden building with a tall frontispiece and prominent dormers, built up to the streetline. The property is located on Pelham Street in Lunenburg's Old Town, a designated Heritage District. Municipal designation includes the building and surrounding property, which is presently a bed and breakfast.
Kaulbach House is valued as an example of Lunenburg architecture at the peak of its fashion in the late nineteenth century. It also has significance as the former home of local businessman Dufferin Kaulbach, grandson of Sherriff John Henry Kaulbach. Like many Lunenburg homes, it stayed in the original family well into the twentieth century.
The house has many features that are typical of Lunenburg in its most prosperous era, the 1870s to the 1890s. It is a clapboarded wood frame building with an impressive facade, consisting of a tall central frontispiece with an extended projecting dormer, bell cast roof and an enclosed lower front porch. A sense of the Kaulbach family's prominence in Lunenburg is also seen in the display of the family name on the riser of the top step leading from the street to the central front door.
Source: Heritage Designation File 66400-40-06, Town of Lunenburg.
Character-defining elements of Kaulbach House include:
- wood frame, with a bell cast mansard roof and clapboard cladding;
- a sense of height, gained from the tall central frontispiece with its extended projecting dormer, bell cast tower roof, tall roundheaded windows and attic dormers;
- symmetrical façade with central door, matching bay, basement and dormer windows;
- an enclosed central porch housing the front door, with a short stairway leading to the door;
- the family name, Kaulbach, inscribed on the riser of the top step of the front entrance;
- bracketing below the bay windows, cornices above the doorway, dormer and windows are all the same style;
- a low, retaining wall defines the property line immediately at the street line, with little space between the building and street.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Hotel, Motel or Inn
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Town of Lunenburg, 119 Cumberland Street, P.O. Box 129, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0, Files 66400-40-06
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