1222 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J, Canada
Links and documents
1834/01/01 to 1834/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Henry House is a landmark building in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is a two-and-a-half storey ironstone building in the Halifax House style located on Barrington Street, between Harvey and South Streets. The heritage designation applies to the building and the surrounding land it occupies.
Henry House is valued for its association with its early prominent occupant. The house was built for John Metzler, a prominent land and real estate developer, in 1834 and it remained in his possession until 1887. This house is named for its first tenant, politician William Alexander Henry, who lived here for ten years. In the mid 1860s Henry was closely involved in the Confederation negotiations and is now considered a ‘Father of Confederation.’ In 1870, Henry was elected Mayor of Halifax and in 1875 was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Today the house is a well known pub and restaurant.
Architecturally, Henry House is valued as an excellent example of the Halifax House style. This style generally encompasses a deep design with three bays and a side hall plan, which is evident in Henry House. The overall impression is one of solidity and stability which suited the original occupants who were the principle merchants and professionals in the province at the time. Built of ironstone masonry, it has Scottish influences as is common in Halifax Houses. The entrance has a storm porch added in the 1870s. It is a landmark on Barrington Street as most of the buildings that would date from its 1830s construction have since been razed.
Source: HRM Heritage Property File: 1222 Barrington Street, Henry House, found at HRM Planning and Development Services, Heritage Property Program, 6960 Mumford Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The character-defining elements of Henry House relate to its Halifax House style and include:
- a two-and-a-half storeys;
- ironstone masonry;
- front façade of smooth dressed stone while the other exterior walls are rough surfaced random and coursed rubble walls;
- symmetrical three six-over-six windows on the second floor;
- two six-over-six windows;
- asymmetrical front entrance on the north end of the front façade;
- entrance storm porch;
- delicate window trim;
- drip course above the basement windows;
- corner quoins;
- gable roof.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Eating or Drinking Establishment
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
HRM Planning and Development Services, 6960 Mumford Road, Halifax, NS B3L 4P1
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