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Goodwin House

9979 Highway No. 221, Habitant, Nova Scotia, B0P, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1986/12/19

Front elevation, Goodwin House, Habitant, Nova Scotia, 2007.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007.
Front elevation, Goodwin House
Front entrance, Goodwin House, Habitant, Nova Scotia, 2007.
; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007.
Front entrance, Goodwin House
Rear elevation, Goodwin House, Habitant, Nova Scotia, 2007.
; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007.
Rear elevation, Goodwin House

Other Name(s)

Goodwin House
Loomer House
Loomer-Goodwin House

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/07/27

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Goodwin House is located in Habitant, Nova Scotia. The house stands on a slope facing the dyke along the Habitant River in the heart of the Annapolis valley on the road to Canning, in the lee of the North Mountain. This two-and-a-half storey Dutch Colonial style house was built in the early 1760s. The house and property are located in the provincial designation.

Heritage Value

Goodwin House is valued because it was built by Stephen Loomer, one of the original Cornwallis Township grantees, and because it is an excellent early example of Dutch Colonial style architecture in Nova Scotia. It is also valued because it is believed to be one of the few remaining houses still standing in Nova Scotia built in this style by New England Planters.

The Goodwin House was built in the early 1760s by Stephen Loomer. Loomer was born in Connecticut and immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1761. Materials for the house were pre-cut in New England and shipped by schooner to Nova Scotia.

This two-and-a-half storey Dutch Colonial style house has a gambrel roof with a central chimney plan. It has a fieldstone foundation and used post and beam construction with mortise and tenon joints.

The Goodwin House was located on a well established route within a Planter settled area. It is believed to be one of the oldest houses in the Cornwallis Township and is one of the few remaining in Nova Scotia built in this style by New England Planters.

Source: Provincial Heritage Program property files, no. 56, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS.

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of Goodwin House relating to its Dutch Colonial style architecture include:

- two-and-a-half storey wood post and beam construction, mortise and tenon joints;
- gambrel roof with asphalt shingles;
- central doorway with three bay front façade;
- one small, undersize dormer;
- one large central chimney;
- fieldstone foundation;
- location on the Habitant River, an area re-settled by New England Planters.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Province of Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Provincially Registered Property

Recognition Date

1986/12/19

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Residence
Single Dwelling

Historic

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

Stephen Loomer

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Provincial Heritage Program property files, no. 56, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS.

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

00PNS0056

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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