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Leadley House

47 North Street, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2Y, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1983/05/24

Leadley House, plain facade, verticle sash windows, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 2007.; HRM Planning and Development Services, Heritage Property Program, 2007.
Front Elevation
Leadley House, side (west)elevation with rear entrance, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 2007.; HRM Planning and Development Services, Heritage Property Program, 2007.
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/02/21

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Leadley House is a two storey wood frame house located on the corner of North and Wentworth Streets in downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The house sits close to the streetline on the front elevation at the street corner, atop a hill, and forms an integral part of the streetscape. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Leadley House is valued for its association with nearby Christ Church and the early urban working class of Dartmouth. In 1831, a large piece of property was granted in trust for the use of Christ Church, Dartmouth's Anglican congregation, as a cemetery and divided into lots to be sold for profit. In 1841 four building lots were created on the north side of North Street. The sale of these lots helped to pay the expenses of the trust, church debts and for the building of a rectory.

The house was built by Stephen Smith circa 1843, and changed hands three times before being purchased by its namesake in 1892. Leonard Leadley was an engineer/machinist who lived in the house from 1892 to 1897. Although the house was constructed c. 1843, the present architectural style is of a later period due to building alterations in the late 1800s.

Architecturally, the Leadley House is an example of a turn of the century urban working class house. The plain façade and basic form of this style of house was common to the area during the late 1800s. The house features wood shingle siding and a nearly flat roof. There are gabled roof projections at the front and west-side of the house at entrances, which makes this otherwise common house somewhat unique.

Source: Heritage Property File: 47 North Street, Leadley 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 Leadley House include:
- shingle siding;
- nearly flat roof;
- gable roof entry projections;
- central chimney;
- plain facade;
- single vertical sash windows;
- location at the top of a hill overlooking downtown Dartmouth.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

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Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1890/01/01 to 1899/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

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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