62 Queen Street, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2Y, Canada
Links and documents
1849/01/01 to 1849/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The James-Robson House is a two storey, wooden Gothic Revival house on Queen Street in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It is integral to the residential image of this portion of Queen Street. The designation includes the building and the lot it occupies.
The James-Robson House is valued for its association with its early residents. The house was first home to Alexander James and his family from 1849 to 1851. Alexander James was a schoolteacher who later became a lawyer. He eventually served as a clerk of the House of Assembly and then as a judge of the Superior Court. In 1851, he sold the house to his brother-in-law, Charles Robson, who was a successful Halifax dry goods merchant and director of the Nova Scotia Loan and Building Society. In 1888, after Robson's death, his widow Sarah (Hawthorn) Robson and their son Charles A. Robson purchased the house. Sarah Robson continued to live in the home, while Charles A. subdivided the lot and built himself a house next door, at the corner of Queen and Dundas Streets. The house remained in the Robson family until 1939.
The house is also valued as an example of Gothic Revival architecture. The house's front elevation features a central gable projection flanked by two dormer windows and two windows with pointed hoods below, creating a symmetrical and balanced facade. Interesting details such as unique diamond-shaped shingles, elaborately carved bargeboard and arched Gothic windows add to the character of this mid-nineteenth century home.
Source: HRM Heritage Property File: 62 Queen Street, James-Robson House, found at HRM's Heritage Property Program, Community Development, 6960 Mumford Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The character-defining elements of the James-Robson House include:
- symmetrical facade with central gable projection;
- steeply pitched gable roof with dormer windows;
- central brick chimney;
- ironstone foundation;
- wooden shingle cladding with diamond-shaped shingle detailing;
- wide, carved bargeboard on the central gable with pendant finial;
- arched Gothic wooden windows with tracery in second storey gables;
- combination or six-over-six and eight-over-eight wooden sash windows;
- pointed window hoods over first storey windows on front elevation;
- two-over-two narrow wooden windows on sides of projecting front entrance;
- wooden paneled front door with transom window above;
- rear ell;
- contribution to the residential image of this section of Queen Street.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Multiple Dwelling
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
HRM Planning and Development Services, 6960 Mumford Road, Halifax, NS B3L 4P1
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