Carriage House Inn
230 University Avenue, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Carriage House Inn, a three storey structure was constructed as a residence in 1875 by Harry Beckwith. This Second Empire Style structure with Queen Anne elements is located at the eastern end of the Fredericton town plat on University Avenue. The wood frame and clapboard main building, and its associated carriage house, are both located on a large open lot.
The heritage value of the Carriage House Inn is associated with the architectural style of the building and the prominence of its original occupant, Harry Beckwith.
Built in 1875, this impressive three storey Second Empire Style structure with Queen Anne elements is significant as it was built by Harry Beckwith, a former mayor of Fredericton. The elegance of the main structure is enhanced by the rear carriage house which dates from the same period and is of the same style as the main house. The structure's value is also derived from its inclusion as part of a group of prominent homes in the area. This house would have fulfilled a social component with many grand parties and gatherings during Harry Beckwith's residency.
Source: City of Fredericton Property File: 230 University Avenue.
The character-defining elements of the Carriage House as an expression of the architectural style of the building and the architecture that could be said to be associated with Harry Beckwith’s residency in the house include:
- the location and setting of the property with its large open lot, set back from the street with a manicured lawn.
- mansard roof;
- triangular pediment over front door;
- etching of letter "B" on front door windows;
- asymmetrical construction;
- regularly spaced rectangular windows on first two floors;
- dormer windows on third floor; cont’d
- high level of craftsmanship in detailing;
- front porticoes;
- large central staircase, accented with unique statue on main banister Carriage
- patterned after same style as the main house with similar windows;
- mansard roof;
- central cupola atop the structure.
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Community Planning Act
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Hotel, Motel or Inn
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Fredericton: Property File - 230 University Avenue
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