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McMullen-Snook House

115 Victoria Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1994/01/12

McMullen-Snook House, front elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Front Elevation
McMullen-Snook House, front bay detail, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Front bay detail
McMullen-Snook House, front porch detail, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Front porch detail

Other Name(s)

McMullen-Snook House
115 Victoria Street

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/10/19

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The McMullen-Snook House is a two storey wood frame dwelling located at 115 Victoria Street in Truro, NS in the urban core of the town. It is a Late Victorian Eclectic building, featuring a massive front bay with a Palladian window in the pediment, and a hip-roof entrance porch. The house is situated in Truro’s Heritage Conservation District I, a neighborhood noted for its concentration of largely intact late Victorian residences. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Historic Value

The McMullen-Snook House is valued for its association with merchant Joseph J. Snook (1845-1925) and lumber importer and merchant Thomas G. McMullen (1844-1925), who acquired this land and built this house in 1909 as a wedding gift for their children Harry B. Snook and Bessie McMullen.

Architectural Value

The McMullen-Smith House is also valued as an excellent example of how elements from various architectural styles, popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, were combined in a single structure. In this example, the contemporaneous Stick, Shingle and Queen Anne styles, were brought together in a transitional style sometimes called Late Victorian Eclectic. The house is an important element of a late Victorian streetscape that the Town has designated Heritage Conservation District I.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0037

Character-Defining Elements

External elements that define the building’s heritage character include:

- all Late Victorian style features, including: basic form and massing; two large chimneys discreetly placed at the front slope and ridge of the roof; projecting pedimented bays on three sides decorated with sunburst patterns of overlapping wood; wide enclosed eaves with Stick decoration covering the moulding below;
wood-moulding forming continuous belts under the windows on both stories; hip-roofed open porch supported by turned pillars, with a low porch railing and decorated frieze.
- window and door elements, including: narrow double-hung sashed windows throughout; Palladian window in the front pediment, with a trefoil pattern in the semi-circular light, surrounded by decorative moulding; large front picture window with narrow classical moulding and bracketted drip moulding above; panelled front door with glazing.
- building materials, including: wooden clapboard cladding on the first storey, slightly flared at the foundation; shingle cladding above the first-storey windows, slightly flared where the shingles begin; asphalt-shingled roof.
- all building elements compliant with Truro’s Heritage Conservation District By-Law.

Elements that define the site’s heritage character include:

- consistency of placement of the building relative to the street;
- all site elements compliant with Truro’s Heritage Conservation District By-Law.



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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Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Multiple Dwelling


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0037

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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