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Admiralty House National Historic Site of Canada

20 CFB Stadacona (2725 Gottingen St. at CFB Halifax), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1979/01/15

General view of Admiralty House showing as its two-storey rectangular massing, hipped roof with dormers and end chimneys.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada.
General view
General view of Admiralty House showing symmetrical five-bay facade with pedimented central entry.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada.
General view
General view of Admiralty House showing its cut-stone construction material.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada.
General view

Other Name(s)

Admiralty House
Admiralty House National Historic Site of Canada
Édifice de l'Amirauté

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Construction Date(s)

1815/01/01 to 1819/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/03/15

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Admiralty House National Historic Site of Canada is a dignified two-storey stone mansion set within the precincts of the Stadacona site of Canadian Forces Base Halifax. Its austere stone construction material and restrained neo-classical design speaks to its British origins. Once the home of Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s North American station, it now houses Canada’s Maritime Command Museum.

Heritage Value

Admiralty House was designated a national historic site of Canada because:
- from about 1819 until 1904 this building was the residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s North American Station; and
- a large residence for the period, it reflects the status of its original occupants and survives as a good example of British classicism in Canada.

The heritage value of this site resides in its historical associations with the Royal Navy and those physical and design elements that speak to it British classical style. Built 1815 to 1819, to house the British naval Commander-in-chief for the North American station, this house was acquired by the Canadian government in 1904 for the use of its military forces in Halifax. It has served a variety of functions since that time. Damaged during the Halifax Explosion of 1917, it was repaired and for many years was used as an officers’ mess and offices. It is now the home of the Maritime Command Museum.

Source: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Minutes, June 1978

Character-Defining Elements

Aspects of this site that contribute to its heritage value include:
- those elements that illustrate British neo-classicism such as its two-storey rectangular massing, hipped roof with dormers and end chimneys, dentilled cornice, symmetrical five-bay facade with pedimented central entry, three-over-four double-hung windows;
- surviving interior layout that illustrates its original central-hall plan;
- original interior decor such as plasterwork with nautical motif and Adamesque garlands, original woodwork including staircases and interior windows shutters, and classicized motifs including arches, columns, fanlights;
- its cut-stone construction material;
- its setting, with its surviving lawns and trees reminiscent of its original pastoral landscaping;
- its siting, stepped back from the street behind a circular drive;
- its location within the Halifax military compound.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Historic Sites and Monuments Act

Recognition Type

National Historic Site of Canada

Recognition Date

1979/01/15

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1819/01/01 to 1904/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Military and Defence
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Museum

Historic

Defence
Residential Facility

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

268

Status

Published

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