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Frederick Prince House

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

Formally Recognized: 1994/09/12

Frederick Prince House, Truro, southeast perspective, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Southeast Perspective
Frederick Prince House, Truro, porch detail, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Porch Detail
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Other Name(s)

61 Dominion Street
Frederick Prince House

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/09/27

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Frederick Prince House is a two-storey wood-frame dwelling located at 61 Dominion Street in Truro, NS. The house is in the Italianate Revival style with two-storey square front and side 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 house and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Architectural Value

Truro has many surviving examples of this basic house plan, of which the Frederick Prince House is valued as an excellent example. As a house built for the mercantile classes in the town’s centre during its period of rapid growth in the 1880’s, this architectural style was very popular in the period. For many merchants, the regularity and understatement of the square plan Italianate style exactly reflected the sober and upright image they wished to project to their customers, colleagues and neighbours. Differences in wealth and taste were generally reflected in the massing, materials, decorative detail and quality of workmanship of a house.

Historical Value

The house is also valued for its association with prominent businessmen Frederick Prince and William E. Bligh, partners in the Bligh and Prince, Co., who sold agricultural implements, carriages, sleighs and furs from their store on Inglis Street in downtown Truro. Prince built this house in 1886 and exchanged it with Bligh for another nearby property in 1892.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0008

Character-Defining Elements

Character-Defining Elements:

External elements that define the heritage character of the building consist of:
- all building elements, including: basic Italianate form and massing; elevated side entrance and porch, with paired chamfered supports and turned spindles; wide eaves with decorative bracketing; segmented square bays on front and side with projecting triangular pediments.
- all window and door elements, including: paired windows, each outlined with stained glass and four-light glazing; wide mouldings with, sills, lintels and decorative brackets.
- all building materials, including: wood clapboard cladding and trim painted in a dark contrasting colour; asphalt-shingled roof;
- all building elements compliant with the municipal Heritage Conservation District By-Law;
- placement of the house above street level, and set back from the street a distance consistent with its neighbours.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

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Historical Information

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Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0008

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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