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Colville House

76 York Street, Sackville, New Brunswick, E4L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/06/12

Colville House - Front facade - Double bay windows on front of house; Town of Sackville
Colville House
Colville House - Front and side view - Bay windows; Town of Sackville
Colville House
Colville House - Side View - Entrance door detail; Town of Sackville
Colville House

Other Name(s)

Colville House
Charles W. Ford House
Maison Charles W. Ford

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1879/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/03/07

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Colville House is a two-storey white clapboard house, with rear addition, in the Carpenter Gothic style. It is located on York Street, near Salem Street and Mount Allison University in Sackville.

Heritage Value

Colville House is designated a Local Historic Place for its architecture and its association with the occupants.

Colville House is a prime example of the Carpenter Gothic style of architecture in Sackville. Built in 1879, it a two-storey white clapboard house, with a rear addition on the southern side. This later addition is in keeping with the original architecture of the residence.

Colville House is also recognized for its former occupants. This dwelling was built for Charles W. Ford, Town Councillor. This property was acquired from Humphrey Pickard, one of the early presidents of what was to become Mount Allison University. The Ford home remained in the family until 1949. In addition, this was the home and studio for almost twenty-five years of one of Canada’s foremost painters, Alex Colville. He studied under artist Stanley Royle while earning a fine arts degree at Mount Allison University. After spending the war years as one of Canada’s highly respected war artists, he came back to the University as a teacher in the same art department and taught for a period of seventeen years. He restored much of this house. While his paintings are collected by galleries and museums around the world, Colville’s murals can still be seen on the campus of Mount Allison University. Colville also created Canada’s centennial coins.

Source: Town of Sackville, Historic Places File Cabinet, Colville House File

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe Colville House include:
- rectangular 2-storey massing;
- steeply pitched roof with steep cross gable;
- two bay windows on front façade of the house;
- tall narrow windows emphasizing the verticality of the house;
- window entablatures;
- main doorway, off of the driveway, framed with entranceway with glass transom and sidelights;
- dormer on the second floor;
- white clapboard siding;
- rear addition to the house.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date

2006/06/12

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Learning and the Arts
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Residence
Group Residence

Historic

Commerce / Commercial Services
Studio
Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Sackville, Historic Places File Cabinet, Colville House File

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

1131

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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