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Charles A. Robson House

64 Queen Street, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2Y, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1982/11/16

Charles A. Robson House, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 2007.; HRM Planning and Development Services, Heritage Property Program, 2007.
Front elevation, Charles Robson House,Dartmouth NS
Charles A. Robson House, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 2007.; HRM Planning and Development Services, Heritage Property Program, 2007.
Side elevation, Charles Robson House, Dartmouth NS
Charles A. Robson House, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 2007.; HRM Planning and Development Services, Heritage Property Program, 2007.
South elevation, Chas. Robson House, Dartmouth NS

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Construction Date(s)

1888/01/01 to 1888/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/03/29

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Charles A. Robson House is a two storey, wood framed house in the Late Victorian Eclectic style, located at the corner of Dundas and Queen Streets in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The designation includes the building and the lot it occupies.

Heritage Value

The Charles A. Robson House is valued for its association with its builder and early residents. A.G. Gates was one of the best-known builders in late nineteenth century Dartmouth. He built the home in 1888 for Charles A. Robson, a bank agent whose parents, Charles and Sarah Robson, owned the house next door. That year, after the death of his father, Charles A. and his mother purchased 62 Queen Street (James-Robson House), divided its large lot, and built a new home on the corner of Queen and Dundas Streets. In 1892, Charles A. Robson sold the house to Dr. Montague Smith, a prominent local physician and surgeon. Dr. Smith lived and ran his practice in the house for many years. The house continued in the Smith family until 1940.

The house is also valued for its Late Victorian Eclectic architecture with Second Empire influences. The Charles A. Robson House features an interesting combination of gambrel and mansard rooflines, presenting very different facades on its two street-facing elevations.

Source: HRM Heritage Property File: 64 Queen Street, Charles A. Robson House, found at HRM Community Development, 6960 Mumford Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Charles A. Robson House include:

- asymmetrical design;
- combination mansard and gambrel roof;
- mansard roof with returned eaves and moderate overhang;
- wide fascia boards with simple cornice treatment;
- shed roofed dormers on front and side elevations;
- wood shingle cladding;
- ironstone foundation;
- rectangular bay window projection with double window on the front elevation, with double window above with shed dormer and triangular pediment;
- main elevation first floor windows with simple window hoods;
- vertically proportioned, single and double sash windows;
- size and location of all original window openings;
- main entry with glazed front door, with transom and sidelights;
- open veranda with flat roof on both street elevations;
- intact, historic dry-laid stone wall on the two street facing elevations;
- setback and slightly elevated from streets;
- location on an important residential corner, anchoring the neighbourhood.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

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Historical Information

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Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Multiple Dwelling


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



A.G. Gates

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

HRM Planning and Development Services, 6960 Mumford Road, Halifax, NS B3L 4P1

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