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Heritage Hall

28 John Street, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, B0T, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1988/03/07

Front elevation, Heritage Hall, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, 2007.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007.
Front elevation, Heritage Hall
Front entrance, Heritage Hall, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, 2007.
; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007.
Front entrance, Heritage Hall
East elevation, Heritage Hall, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, 2007.
; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007.
East elevation, Heritage Hall

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/06/11

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Heritage Hall is located on John Street, close to downtown Shelburne, Nova Scotia. This one-and-a-half storey wooden building was built around 1888. The building and property are included in the municipal designation.

Heritage Value

Heritage Hall is valued for its age, architecture, historical associations and its continued use as a community building.

Heritage Hall was built around 1888 during the ministry of Reverend Thomas Howland White, an Anglican minister in Shelburne for sixty-two years. Reverend White was the son of Gideon White, one of the original Loyalists in the area. Heritage Hall served as the Church Hall for the Anglican congregation until the Anglican Hall on Ann Street was built in the 1960s.

In 1968, a local group was formed called the Library Association, now known as the Shelburne Library Building Association. This group was responsible for having the building transformed into a library, which opened in February, 1970.

Heritage Hall is currently used as a community workshop building for mentally challenged persons. From this location, the group provides laundry services, shoe repair, the engraving of plaques and trophies and from time to time, home made muffins and tea to the general public.

This one-and-a-half storey wooden building, with a steeply pitched gable roof, is set on a granite block foundation. A few exterior alterations were made to accommodate its present use as a workshop facility but the building remains largely unaltered from its original state.

Heritage Hall is set very close to the sidewalk and flush with the corner streetline, close to downtown Shelburne, and in a predominantly residential setting.

Source: Town of Shelburne, Heritage file, no. 15, Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of Heritage Hall include:

- one-and-a-half storey wood structure;
- steeply pitched gable roof;
- granite block foundation;
- narrow cornerboards;
- moulded frieze boards;
- very narrow eave overhang;
- wood shingle cladding;
- one bay front façade capped by a gabled portico supported by decorative brackets;
- rear offset chimney.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Building Social and Community Life
Community Organizations
Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment


Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Shelburne Office, Water Street, PO Box 670, Shelburne, NS, B0T 1W0.

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