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Archibald Beck House

43 Dominion Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1994/09/12

Archibald Beck House, southwest projection, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Southwest projection
Archibald Beck House, porch detail, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Porch detail
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Other Name(s)

43 Dominion Street
Archibald Beck House

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/09/24

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Archibald Beck House is a two-storey wood-frame dwelling located at 43 Dominion Street in Truro, NS in the urban core of the town. Built in 1880 in the Italianate Revival style, the house features two large front bays and is situated in Truro’s Heritage Conservation District II, a neighborhood noted for its concentration of largely intact late Victorian residences. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Architectural Value

Truro has many examples of this basic house plan, of a style popular among prosperous merchants in the late 1880s, and the Archibald Beck House is valued as a good example. The square plan Italianate Revival style was readily adaptable to the relative wealth and taste of each owner, and the many surviving examples reflect a wide range of choices in massing, materials, decoration and overall quality of workmanship. This house, for example, lacks the side bays, larger massing and window detail that another owner might have chosen.

Historical Value

Archibald Beck House is also valued for its association with farmer and carpenter Alexander McNutt (1813-1887) who owned several lots in this area, and who built this house in 1880 for his daughter and her husband Archibald Beck, a Dartmouth, NS tailor.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0005

Character-Defining Elements

External elements that define the heritage character of the Archibald Beck House include:

- all Italianate Revival elements, including: basic square plan form and massing, with rear extension; elevated side entrance and porch, with turned supports and spindles; wide eaves with decorative pairs of brackets; segmented square bays on front with projecting triangular pediments.
- all window and door elements, including: pairs of sashed windows with two over one glazing; heavy window mouldings with decorative brackets.
- all building materials, including: wood clapboard cladding and trim painted in a contrasting colour; asphalt roof shingles.
- all building elements compliant with the town’s Heritage Conservation By-Law.

Elements that define the site’s heritage character include:

- placement of the house relative to the street and its neighbours;
- all site elements compliant with the town’s Heritage Conservation By-Law.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

Alexander McNutt



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0005

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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