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McCurdy House

78 Willow Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1999/10/01

McCurdy House, front elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, 2004
Front elevation
McCurdy House, chimney and wall detail, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, 2004
Chimney and wall detail
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Other Name(s)

McCurdy House
78 Willow Street

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/11/08

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The McCurdy House is a two storey wood frame dwelling located at 78 Willow Street in Truro, NS in the urban core of the town. It is built in the Prairie style and features a full width porch on square supports, a second-storey sleeping porch centred above the entrance, and a prominent side chimney. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Historic Value

McCurdy House is valued for its association with Frank Church McCurdy and his father Robert Oliphant McCurdy, designers and builders of many of the homes that today are important elements of Truro’s built heritage. Their work is particularly well-represented in this part of Willow Street and adjoining streets. This home was built by Frank McCurdy in 1919 initially as a rental property.

Architectural Value

McCurdy House is valued by the community as it an illustration of Frank McCurdy’s mastery of the vernacular Prairie style of architecture which began to appear in Truro in the early decades of the 20th century. The house bears many of the hallmarks of the style, most notably the strong horizontal lines created by the roofline, cornices and caps, porch walls and cladding. Square porch supports and the high chimney provide most of the vertical element in the façade. The centred upper-storey porch is unusual for the style, but very practical.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0041

Character-Defining Elements

Character-Defining Elements of the McCurdy House include:

- all original or historic building elements, including: basic Prairie style form and massing; low pitched roof with wide overhanging eaves; hipped-roof side dormer; hipped-roof porches supported by square wooden piers on a low wall; full-width on the first storey, centred half-width on the second storey; contrasting caps and trim.
- all original or historic window and door elements, including: 10-over-1 sashed windows on the front elevation; contrasting window and door surrounds.
- all original or historic building materials, including: wooden shingle cladding and trim.
- consistency with its neighbours in style, massing and placement relative to the street.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

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Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer



Frank C. McCurdy

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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