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Rufus A. Tremain House

78 King Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1989/01/09

Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Front View
Rufus A. Tremain House, southeast perspective, 2004; Town of Truro, Sean Fraser, 1995
Southeast Perspective
Rufus A. Tremain House, south facade detail, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
South Façade Detail

Other Name(s)

Rufus A. Tremain House
78 King Street
Nutter House

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1896/01/01 to 1896/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/07/05

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Rufus A. Tremain House is a two-storey wood-frame dwelling located in a residential urban neighborhood at 78 King Street in Truro, NS. Built in 1896 in the Queen Anne Revival style, it features an inset front turret, a prominent porch, and some very interesting surface textures and decorated gables. The house is situated in Truro’s Heritage Conservation District II, a neighborhood noted for its concentration of largely intact late Victorian residences. The designation includes the building and the surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Historic Value

Rufus A. Tremain House is valued for its association with Rufus A. Tremain (1850-1922), who built this house in 1896. Tremain, a locally prominent barrister, was also a Warden of St. John’s Anglican Church.

Architectural Value

Rufus A. Tremain House is an example of the transition from the elaborate Late Victorian house toward the simpler and more restrained styles of the early 20th century. In this case, the basic Queen Anne house was overlaid with Stick, Shingle and even Classical Revival elements.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0013

Character-Defining Elements

External elements that define the heritage character of the Rufus A. Tremain House include:

- all original or historic building elements, including: basic Queen Anne form and massing, with two-storey rear extensions; inset turret over the front bay, with bracket supports; corner bay window; pair of internal chimneys; pedimented open porch on paired square supports; wide cornices with dentil mouldings; Stick-style decorations in the side gables.
- all original or historic window and door elements, including: narrow sashed window with wide moulded surrounds; front bay window crown with a keystone arch and dentils.
- all original or historic building materials, including: wood clapboard cladding and trim; wood shingle cladding in the gable ends and porch pediment.
- placement of the house relative to the street and its neighbours;
- mature trees on the property and lining the property’s boundaries;
- 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

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

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0013

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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