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John Smith House

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

Formally Recognized: 1994/09/12

John Smith House, Northwest perspective, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Northwest Perspective
John Smith House, North Elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Front Elevation
John Smith House, East Elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Eastern Elevation

Other Name(s)

John Smith House
410 Prince Street

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1870/01/01 to 1870/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/07/05

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

John Smith House is a one and one-half storey wood-frame cottage located at 410 Prince Street in Truro, NS, at the intersection with Broad Street. Built around 1870, the house is a gable-front Gothic Revival building with oversized Italianate bays on the east side and a wrap-around porch decorated in Late Victorian style. Both the house and surrounding grounds are included in the heritage designation.

Heritage Value

John Smith House is valued as a particularly well-preserved example of a Gothic Revival Truro farmhouse. The alterations that have been made over the years in response to the changing needs and preferences of its owners have generally been sympathetic to the original architecture of the building.

The flat-topped Italianate bays on the Broad Street side are a very notable exception, however. They transform the architecture of the house from that perspective, effectively setting the house apart from its Broad Street neighbours and tying it instead to Prince Street where the Italianate style dominated at the time. Whether this effect was intended or not is unknown, but it illustrates an interesting intersection of architecture and psychology.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0019

Character-Defining Elements

External elements that define the heritage character of the John Smith House include:

- all original or historic building elements, including: basic gable-front Gothic Revival form and massing, with an intersecting cross gable, and a gabled rear extension; hipped-roof wrap-around porch with turned supports and Late Victorian spindle and bracket decoration, and an entrance pediment; prominent cornices; flat-roofed Italianate two-storey bay and a second-storey bay on the east side; internal chimney on the roof ridge;
- all original or historic window and door elements, including: sashed windows with wide moulded surrounds, sills and drip mouldings; panelled front door with clerestory-style windows;
- all original or historic building materials, including: wood clapboard cladding; wooden trim painted a contrasting colour;
- corner lot at the end of an historic street plan.
- formal placement of the house facing Prince Street;
- hedgerow along the Broad Street boundary.



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
Developing Economies
Extraction and Production
Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer



Robert O. McCurdy

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0019

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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