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Thomas V. B. Bingay house

22 Forest Street, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1996/01/11

Front elevation of Thomas V.B. Bingay House, Yarmouth, NS, 2006.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Hertage, 2006
Front Elevation
West perspective of front and west sides of the Thomas V.B. Bingay House, Yarmouth, NS, 2006.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2006
West Perspective
Rear (north) elevation of Thomas V.B. Bingay House, Yarmouth, NS, 2006.; Heritage Division, NS Dept of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2006
Rear (north) Elevation

Other Name(s)

Thomas V. B. Bingay house
Bank of Montreal House

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Construction Date(s)

1903/01/01 to 1903/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/02/06

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Thomas V. B. Bingay house is a two storey Shingle style house built in 1903 for local banker, Thomas V. B. Bingay. It is located in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia near the downtown area and the waterfront. Municipal heritage designation applies to the house and its residential lot.

Heritage Value

The Thomas V. B. Bingay house is valued for its historical associations with Thomas Bingay, the original owner, and with the Bank of Montreal, which owned it for many years. It is also valued as being an excellent example of the Shingle style of architecture, which is rare in the Yarmouth area.

Thomas V. B. Bingay was an influential banker in Yarmouth for many years. He had been the cashier for the Exchange Bank of Yarmouth at the time it was bought by the Bank of Montreal in 1903, and was subsequently appointed first manager of the new Bank of Montreal branch. Within a month of his appointment as manager, construction of his new house was begun, and the family moved into the completed house about six months later. Ten days after moving in, Thomas Bingay sold the property to the Bank of Montreal, though he resided there until 1921 when he retired.

The takeover of the Exchange Bank of Yarmouth by the Bank of Montreal in 1903 was the first such instance in Yarmouth of a national bank taking over a small local one. This policy of national banks absorbing smaller banks continued into well into the 20th century. The Bank of Montreal retained ownership of this property as housing for its local branch managers until 1975.

The Shingle style is typified by its all-over shingle cladding, its wide, inviting veranda and its roof-lines of intersecting cross gables as seen in the T.V. B. Bingay house.

Source: Registered Heritage Property files, Town of Yarmouth, NS.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Thomas V. B. Bingay house include:

- location close to the central business district of the town and the waterfront;
- proximity to other wood frame homes of similar scale;
- setback from the street on a spacious lot;
- single family dwelling.

The character-defining elements of the Thomas V. B. Bingay house relate to its Shingle style and include:

- wood frame construction;
- asymmetrical massing;
- off-centre entrance in an asymmetrical facade;
- medium pitched gable roof ;
- bell cast belt course;
- shingle walls without interruption at corners;
- wraparound veranda with a corner turret, paired columns and fieldstone foundation;
- double hung sash windows;
- diamond pattern glazing in top sashes of windows in upper storeys;
- dormer windows with pedimented gables;
- two storey, five sided bay window on facade.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date

1996/01/11

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1996/01/01 to 1996/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Residence
Single Dwelling

Historic

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Yarmouth 400 Main Street Yarmouth, NS B5A 1G2

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

55MNS2247

Status

Published

Related Places

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