Henry Lawrence House
77 Queen Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada
77 Queen Street
Henry Lawrence House
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Henry Lawrence House is a two-storey wood-frame dwelling located at 77 Queen Street in Truro, NS in a residential area in the urban core of the town. Built in 1890, it is a massive front-gabled Queen Anne style building, with a partially enclosed porch and a single storey Italianate bay window centred above the porch. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.
Henry Lawrence House is valued for its association with the family of Henry T. Lawrence, a saddler and harness-maker who operated a business on Prince Street in the late 19th century. Lawrence was fire chief (1871-1884), Mayor of Truro (1904-1905), and represented Colchester County in the provincial Legislative Assembly.
Henry Lawrence House is valued as an example of a detached urban Queen Anne Revival house, and illustrates how mass was achieved by adding height and depth to a building, rather than the more traditional towers, dormers and bays. The house is of the spindlework subtype of the Queen Anne Revival style.
Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0026
External elements that define the building’s heritage character consits of:
- building elements, including: basic Queen Anne form and massing; wide side eaves with brackets and decorative mouldings on the fascias; partially-enclosed porch with Late Victorian turned supports and brackets; second storey bay window with wide bracketted eaves and decorative mouldings.
- original window and door elements, including: sashed strip windows surmounted by a half-moon window in the front gable, creating a variation on the Palladian style window; narrow sashed windows with sills, some with drip mouldings.
- original building materials, including: asphalt-shingled roof; wooden clapboard cladding and trim; shingle cladding in the gables.
Elements that define the site’s heritage character include:
- placement of the house relative to its neighbours and the street.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
- Governing Canada
- Government and Institutions
Function - Category and Type
- Multiple Dwelling
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0026
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