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James Rose House

6201 Shirley Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2001/10/24

Front elevation, James Rose House, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2004.; HRM Planning and Development Services, Heritage Property Program, 2004.
Front Elevation
James Rose House, newly restored, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2005.; HRM Planning and Development Services, Heritage Property Program, 2005.
Front Elevation
Rear elevation, James Rose House, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2003.; HRM Planning and Development Services, Heritage Property Program, 2003.
Rear Elevation

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Construction Date(s)

1920/01/01 to 1920/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/10/26

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

James Rose House is a one-and-a-half storey house in the Bungalow (Craftsman) style. This house is an outstanding example of the style of homes built for middle income families in this area in the early twentieth century. It is located on Shirley Street where it is met by Walnut Street in Halifax, NS. The municipal heritage designation applies only to the house and the land it occupies.

Heritage Value

James Rose house is valued as an excellent example of Bungalow (Craftsman) style house. It was constructed in 1920 for James Rose, an accountant, who only lived there for one year. The house was built in the Bungalow (Craftsman) style, which became a common style of house in Nova Scotia from 1910 to well into the 1940s. While common to Nova Scotia, it was not common to find this style of architecture within the central city area of Halifax. Most often this style was seen on the outskirts of the peninsula as the construction of new family homes expanded into the suburbs.

Architecturally, the most recognizable feature of the Bungalow style is the roof that sweeps down over the front porch. The roof is typically low-pitched with a large overhang and exposed rafter ends. James Rose house also has a large dormer window in the centre of the roof, which is unusual for this style. Another notable feature is the porch columns to support the large overhang which are often out of proportion. The home features plain doors and windows with the exception of two small stained glass windows located on the west side that flank the chimney.

Source: HRM Heritage Property File: 6201 Shirley Street, James Rose House, found at HRM Planning and Development Services, Heritage Property Program, 6960 Mumford Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of James Rose House relate to its Bungalow style and include:

- sweeping low pitched roofline;
- large overhang;
- covered porch formed from roofline;
- large central dormer;
- square porch columns;
- plain glazed doorway;
- exposed rafter ends;
- two small stained glass windows flanking the chimney.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

HRM Planning and Development Services, 6960 Mumford Road, Halifax, NS B3L 4P1

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