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Charles B. McMullen House

127 Park Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1997/03/03

Charles B. McMullen House, Front Elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Front Elevation
Charles B. McMullen House, Brickwork Detail, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Brickwork Detail
Charles B. McMullen House, Eave Detail, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Eave Detail

Other Name(s)

Charles B. McMullen House
127 Park Street

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1912/01/01 to 1912/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/07/05

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Charles B. McMullen House is a two-storey wood and brick dwelling located in a residential neighborhood at 127 Park Street in Truro, NS in the urban core of the town. Built in 1912 in the Prairie style of architecture, the house features a full width single-storey verandah on doubled square pillars, and a low shed dormer, all designed to emphasize the horizontal lines of the house. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Historic Value

Charles B. McMullen House is valued for its association with Charles B. McMullen (1879-1940), for whom the house was built in 1912 on land he had purchased from his father Thomas G. McMullen (1844-1925). McMullen was a lumber merchant like his father and was also proprietor of Victoria Mills, a local lumber mill.

Architectural Value

Charles B. McMullen House is an excellent example of the Prairie style of architecture, specifically of the hipped-roof and symmetrical subtype sometimes called American Foursquare. Unlike other examples in Truro of the style, it is rectangular rather than square and makes extensive use of brick in the lower part of the building.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0016

Character-Defining Elements

External elements that define the heritage character of the Charles B. McMullen House include:

- all original or historic building elements, including: basic Prairie style form and massing, with a two-storey hipped-roof side wing, and main floor raised four feet above ground level; full-width single-storey front porch with a six-foot wall and pairs of square pillars supporting a hipped roof and entrance pediment; small bay in the first storey, and another on the second-storey over the entrance; shed dormers on the front and rear; wide eaves with false exposed rafter decoration; contrasting cornices and caps; rectangular interior chimneys.
- all original or historic window and door elements, including: sashed windows, typically in a 6-over-1 or 12-over-1 pattern; multi-paned strip windows in the dormers; narrow windows in the first-storey bay; wide upper-storey window mouldings; heavy masonry sills and lintels in the lower storey windows and door; panelled door with window and full-height side windows.
- all original or historic building materials, including: Flemish style brick courses in the lower storey, with open corners; contrasting masonry sills and lintels in the lower storey; wooden trim elements painted a contrasting colour.
- formal placement of the house on a low rise, with a deep setback from the street.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date

1997/03/03

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Extraction and Production
Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0016

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

10MNS0016

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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