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W.H. Faltenhine House

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

Formally Recognized: 1997/03/03

W.H. Faltenhine House, north elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Front elevation
W.H. Faltenhine House, window detail, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Curved window detail
W.H. Faltenhine House, front entrance detail, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Recessed entry detail

Other Name(s)

114 Victoria Street
W.H. Faltenhine House

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/01/05

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

W.H. Faltenhine House is a two-storey wood-frame dwelling located at 114 Victoria Street in Truro, NS. Built in 1938 in the Art Modèrne style with a characteristic emphasis on its horizontal elements, the house features a nearly flat roof, oversized curved windows, and a prominent entrance porch with a recessed door. 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

W.H. Faltenhine House is valued for its historical association with William Henry Faltenhine who commissioned this house from local architect Ernest D. Vernon. Faltenhine founded the Craftsmen Ltd. building supply store in Truro immediately after World War I. Craftsmen later merged with an Ontario company to form Halliday Craftsmen, Ltd. of which Faltenhine eventually became sole owner.

The house is also valued for its association with local architect Ernest D. Vernon, who was commissioned by Faltenhine in 1938 to design this unique Truro residence

Architectural Value

W.H. Faltenhine House is valued as a unique example in Truro of the Art Modèrne style residential design. Architect Vernon’s choice of such a style in this neighborhood was a bold move, and created a challenge in fitting the house into a primarily Late Victorian streetscape. He managed to do so while still retaining the integrity of the modernistic style, by a careful selection of elements and materials from other houses around it and by attention to details of scale and placement.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0036

Character-Defining Elements

Character-Defining elements of the W.H. Faltenhine House include:

- all original or historic building elements, including: basic Art Modèrne form and massing; narrow coping at the nearly flush roof-wall junction, accentuated with dentil mouldings; oversized rectangular projecting porch with recessed entry typical of the style, and classical fluting along the outer sides; central rectangular chimney turned sideways;
- all original or historic window and door elements, including: sashed windows turning the eastern corner; curved windows on the western end of the building; moulded window surrounds and decorative shutters; panelled front door with six narrow rectangular windows arranged horizontally;
- all original or historic building materials, including: painted wood clapboard cladding and trim; board and batten in the curved window wall surfaces; fluted vertical boards to either side of the recessed doorway, giving a classical effect; concrete external stairway lined with brick;
- all original or historic site elements, including: placement of the house on a platform and approached by stairs; consistency of placement of the house relative to its neighbours and the street; all building and site elements compliant with the municipality’s Heritage Conservation District By-Law.



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

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer

Ernest D. Vernon



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0036

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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