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Old Provincial Normal College

752 Prince Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1998/07/09

Old Provincial Normal College, Truro, side elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Side Elevation
Old Provincial Normal College, Truro, front elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Front Elevation
Old Provincial Normal College, Truro, rear elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Rear Elevation

Other Name(s)

Old Provincial Normal College
YMCA

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1877/01/01 to 1878/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/03/16

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Old Provincial Normal College is a Second Empire style, three storey brick building, with a mansard roof and round headed windows. Built in 1877 to serve as a training centre for Nova Scotian teachers, the college is located on Prince Street in Truro, Nova Scotia. Both the building and its surrounding property are included in the designation.

Heritage Value

The Old Provincial Normal College is valued for its association with the development of Nova Scotia’s public education system in both the nineteenth and twentith centuries. Built in 1877, the Old Provincial Normal College was constructed to replace the Normal School that was established in Truro in 1855 for the training of teachers. During its eighty-three years as the Normal College, the school educated many students who became teachers all over Nova Scotia.

The Old Provincial Normal College is also valued as an architectural landmark in Truro and a building well known throughout Nova Scotia. Designed by Halifax architect Henry Frederick Busch, the Old Provincial Normal College is a large, Second Empire Style brick building. The building has a mansard roof, a contrasting brick wall and a united façade with the repetition of semicircular and circular forms. There was originally a turret towering over the main entrance above the cupola, but was destroyed by lightning in 1951.

Source: Notice of Registration of Property as a Provincial Heritage Property, Provincial Property Heritage File no. 231.

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of the Old Provincial Normal College include:

- unpainted brick construction with stone facings;
- contrasting brick relative to the scale;
- cut sandstone sills;
- course granite foundation.
- all Second Empire style elements including: three storeys; symmetrical five bay façade with a central entrance; mansard roof; central projecting tower; pedimented gable dormers; Palladian style windows with segmented keystone arches; round window above the central dormer; repetition of semicircular and circular decorative forms; moulded cornices with support brackets.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Province of Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Provincially Registered Property

Recognition Date

1998/07/09

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Learning and the Arts

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Education
Special or Training School

Architect / Designer

Henry Frederick Busch

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Provincial Registry found at Heritage Property Program, 1747 Summer Street Halifax, NS B3H 3A6

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

00PNS0231

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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