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J.L. Doggett House

111 Willow Street, Town of Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1982/10/06

J.L. Doggett House, front elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage
Front elevation
J.L. Doggett House, side elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage
Side elevation
J.L. Doggett House, eave detail, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage
Eave detail

Other Name(s)

J.L. Doggett House
111 Willow Street

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/12/10

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The John L. Doggett House is a single-storey wood-frame dwelling located at 111 Willow Street in Truro, NS, in the urban core of the town. Constructed in 1839, it is a neo-Classical style cottage with a single large cross gable, and features a ground-level full-width porch with late Victorian decoration. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Historic Value

John L. Doggett House is valued by the community for its association with John Logan Doggett, a prominent Truro hotel-owner and farmer who purchased a large plot of farmland in this area in 1839 and built this house about that time. The land was subdivided by Doggett and his descendants over the years, but this house and lot remained in his family until the 1970s.

Architectural Value

John L. Doggett House is one of the very few original farmhouses remaining within Truro’s urban area. The added side bays, front porch and rear extensions have done little to alter the neo-Classical symmetries, proportions and scale of the house, allowing it to successfully retain the architectural value of its colonial roots.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0044

Character-Defining Elements

Key external Character-Defining elements of the John L. Doggett House include:

- all neo-Classical and Victorian building elements, including: basic side-gabled neo-Classical form and massing, with a gable-end rear extension and an additional shed-roofed rear extension; front cross gable, with a trefoil decoration; discreet chimney placed at the roof ridge; prominent cornices in the gables; single-storey hipped-roof side bays; full-width Folk Victorian porch with turned supports, brackets and spindle decoration; roof support brackets in the porch and bay eaves.
- all original window and door elements, including: multi-paned sashed windows; simple drip mouldings over exposed windows; single panelled door with narrow side windows.
- original building materials, including painted clapboard cladding and trim;
- placement of the house well back from the street;
- site raised above street level with steps and a walkway leading to the house;
- large lawn, with mature trees to the side and rear.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Extraction and Production
Peopling the Land

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 10MNS0044.

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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