55 Montague Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Morash Emporium is located on a corner property in Old Town, a Heritage Conservation District in Lunenburg, NS. It is a tall building with a wooden exterior, prominent ‘Lunenburg bump’ and intricate wooden ornamentation. It was built in 1876 into the steep slope of Cornwallis Street and right to the street line on both the Cornwallis and Montague Street sides. Designation covers both the building and surrounding land.
The heritage value of Morash House lies in its association with master carpenters and brothers Joseph and Solomon Morash, and as an outstanding example of Lunenburg vernacular architecture. The house remained in the Morash family until the 1950s.
The home has many characteristics typical of nineteenth century Lunenburg vernacular architecture. It has a central five-sided dormer on its front façade (known locally as a Lunenburg bump), two-storey bays, and ornamentation on the window lintels. These characteristics add to its sense of height and make it a good example of homes built to reflect Lunenburg's late-nineteenth century prosperity.
Source: Heritage Designation File 66400-40-13, Town of Lunenburg.
Character-defining elements of the Morash Emporium consist of features related to Lunenburg vernacular architecture and include:
- the location on a prominent corner overlooking the harbour and business district of Old Town Lunenburg;
- vertical composition, adding to a sense of height along with the slope of Cornwallis Street;
- a two-storey, five-sided central dormer (Lunenburg bump), and two smaller, symmetrically placed round-headed dormer windows;
- hipped gambrel roof;
- two full two-storey bays and upper cornices of which are formed by the extended roof eaves;
- decorative fretwork on the lintels of the second storey windows;
- cornerboards extending up the full height of the house;
- transom and sidelights around the central main door.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Shop or Wholesale Establishment
- Multiple Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
W. Plaskett, "Lunenburg: An Inventory of Historic Buildings" (Lunenburg: Lighthouse Press, 1984)
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