Old Morrison Place
Old Stage Coach House
Links and documents
1882/01/01 to 1882/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Located in Big Pond, Nova Scotia, "Lakeview House" is a two-and-one-half storey, three bay façade, Gothic Revival style building. It was built in 1882, as a residence and inn. It is located on East Bay Highway beside the entrance to the Loch Lomond Road overlooking the Bras d' Or Lake in the village of Big Pond. Both the building and surrounding property are included in the municipal designation.
The heritage value of Lakeview House, as recognised in its municipal designation, is in its age; Gothic Revival style; and its associations with merchant, Allan Morrison.
The house was built in 1882 by prominent Big Pond merchant Allan Morrison, who lived there with his family and operated it as an inn. It also served as a state coach stop, where passengers were picked up and dropped off, and where drivers could change their horse teams. The house is a good example of the Gothic Revival style in Cape Breton and one of the older buildings in Big Pond. Lakeview House retains its many of its original Gothic Revival elements including, a gable roof with central cross gable dormer with pointed window and hood cornice. The house also retains many original interior elements, inlcuding decorative elements, doors and floors.
Source: CBRM Heritage Property Files: H 2.
Character-defining elements of Lakeview House include:
- two-and-one half stories;
- symmetrical design;
- three bay facade;
- all elements of the Gothic Revival style including, gable roof with central cross gable dormer with pointed window and hood cornice molding and surrounding trim, central doorway, two-over-two double hung windows with hood cornice molding and surrounding trim;
- shingle cladding;
- central low slope roof entrance porch with lower paneling and four-over-four windows;
- location on the East Bay Highway, beside the Loch Lomond Road overlooking the Bras d' Or Lake;
- rubble stone foundation.
Character-defining elements original to the interior of Lakeview House include:
- basic structure and layout of center hall plan;
- plaster walls;
- plaster crown moldings;
- central varnished staircase rising two stories;
- doors and trim;
- hardwood and softwood floors;
- slate fireplace mantle.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Hotel, Motel or Inn
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
CBRM Heritage Property Files: H 2, CBRM Planning Department, 320 Esplanade, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 7 B9
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