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Commander's Residence

830 Young Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1992/03/05

Exterior photo; DND, ASC, 90352 - 13, 1990
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Other Name(s)

Commander's Residence
Commander's Residence
Résidence du commandant

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/03/10

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Commander’s Residence is sited amongst mature trees in a residential neighbourhood of Halifax. It is a two-and-a-half-storey timber structure with a gambrel roof and a central main entrance with bay windows and dormers on either side. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Commander’s Residence is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.

Historical Value:
The Commander’s Residence is closely associated with an elite residential development in the south end of Halifax that was designed according to ‘City Beautiful’ principles. Built as a private residence, it was expropriated by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. It was subsequently taken over by the Maritime Command Air Group.

Architectural Value:
Set on Young Avenue, the first City Beautiful initiative in Halifax, the Commander’s Residence is a very good example of an early 20th century revival design executed in the Dutch Colonial style. A significant feature of the design is the distinctive gambrel roof with a central cross-gambrel dormer not common in Maritime urban residences.

Environmental Value:
The Commander’s Residence maintains an unchanged relationship to its residential site and reinforces the ‘City Beautiful’ character of the area. The building is a familiar landmark to those frequenting the neighbourhood.

Edgar Tumak, Commander’s Residence, 830 Young Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 90-047

Commander’s Residence, 830 Young Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Heritage Character Statement 90-047

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements of the Commander’s Residence should be respected, for example:

Its Dutch Revival design and good quality materials and craftsmanship as evidenced in:

-The modest scale of the building.
-The distinctive gambrel roof with centre-cross gambrel dormer.
-The symmetrical façade composed of a central entrance flanked by bay windows.
-The verandah with its broad low-rise steps and the restrained treatment of the decorative woodwork.

The unchanged manner of the Commander’s Residence that reinforces the present character of its residential setting and is a familiar landmark to those visiting the neighbourhood as evidenced by:

-Its ongoing relationship to its site amongst mature trees and to the surrounding streetscape within the older residential area.
-Its overall scale, design and materials that reinforce the picturesque character of the streetscape setting.
-Its visual prominence to those in the neighbourhood, while its high profile use by high-ranking military personnel makes it well-known in the area.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

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Single Dwelling

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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