Wallace Row House
36-42 Acadia Street, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P, Canada
Links and documents
1899/01/01 to 1899/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Wallace Row House is a two-and-one-half storey wooden row home located on Acadia Street, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Situated very close to the Acadia University campus on a densely-populated street in the heart of the community, the collection of homes is a landmark in the town. Only the building is included in the designation.
Wallace Row House is valued for its architectural features and for its association to its builder and former owner, Reuban Wallace. Wallace was an accomplished craftsperson who also served as town councillor from 1904-05. His son, who followed in his footsteps, was Mac Wallace, a well-known architect who constructed many homes, commercial structures and civic buildings in Wolfville (such as the town hall, Wolfville school and the Acadia Students’ Union Building) and across the province throughout the 1950s and 60s.
Architecturally, Wallace Row House shows Second Empire-style features and is the only example of row housing in Wolfville. Its Second Empire-style elements include a steep-pitched Mansford roof with Classical Revival-style dormer windows. The structure also includes matching towers (or widow’s walks) with pyramid-shaped truncated roofs on projecting frontispieces, which suggest the Late-Victorian Eclectic-style.
- Town of Wolfville Heritage Property Program files, Wallace Row House file.
Character-defining elements of Wallace Row House include:
- its location situated close to the road;
- steep-pitched Mansford roof;
- symmetrical 12-bay façade;
- two towers (or widow’s walks) with pyramid-shaped truncated roofs on projecting frontispieces;
- clapboard siding with pilasters under roof and on top edge of roof;
- first-and second-storey windows with architraves and caps;
- bay windows on first storey;
- pedimented dormer windows in Classical Revival-style on top storey;
- overhanging eaves and pilasters.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Multiple Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Inventory Site Form found at Planning and Development Services, Town of Wolfville, 200 Dykeland Street, Wolfville, NS B4P 1A2
Cross-Reference to Collection