Richard Smith House
91 Smith Avenue, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada
91 Smith Street
Richard Smith House
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Richard Smith House is a two-storey wood-frame dwelling located at 91 Smith Avenue in Truro, NS in a residential neighborhood in the west end of the town. It is of the centre-plan Italianate style, and features a prominent front porch with classical pillars, and drip mouldings over narrow sashed windows. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.
Richard Smith House is valued for its historical association with the John Smith family. Smith, a blacksmith who settled in Truro around 1776, owned extensive lands in this area of the town. The area still preserves the historic street plan that developed as his farm was partitioned among his children and grandchildren, and subsequently subdivided into house lots for sale to the broader public.
Great-grandson Richard Smith, a farmer, received this property from his father Daniel Smith and built the present house on the site in 1866.
Richard Smith House is valued as an excellent example of the centre-plan Italianate style, and features a number of elements taken from the contemporaneous Gothic and Greek Revival styles. The house is notable for the austerity and restraint of its design, characteristics that are not always present in houses of this style and massing.
Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0031
External elements that define the building’s heritage character consist of:
- building elements, including: basic Italianate form and massing, with a projecting central bay; two storey rear extension; wide eaves and cornices, and heavy brackets in the bay pediment; external and internal chimneys; unenclosed entry porch supported by classical columns and pilasters, with a low railing on the upper porch roof forming an uncovered balcony;
- window and door elements, including: narrow double-sashed windows with wide mouldings; pair of narrow square windows in the centre bay; pair of “piano windows” on either side of the external chimney; Gothic Revival drip mouldings above the windows and doors on the front and sides of the house
- building materials, including: wooden clapboard and trim; asphalt-shingled roof.
Elements that define the site’s heritage character include:
- placement of the house relative to the street and its neighbours;
- mature trees along the eastern boundary.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
- People and the Environment
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0031
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