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Todd Mansion

45 Union Street, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, E3L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/05/23

View of the front façade; Town of St. Stephen
Todd Mansion
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Other Name(s)

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Construction Date(s)

1890/01/01 to 1895/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/12/13

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Todd Mansion is an elaborate, 2 1/2-storey Second Empire residence located on Union Street in St. Stephen.

Heritage Value

The Todd Mansion is designated a Local Historic Place for its architecture and for its association with the Todd family.

The Todd Mansion is a good example of Second Empire residential architecture from the late 19th century in St. Stephen. Built in 1890-1895, the residence exhibits many of the traditional features of this style, including full-height bays and a telltale mansard roof. Finer details, such as roof-line ironwork and window treatments have also been maintained.

The Todd Mansion is also recognized for its association with its original owners, the family of William F. Todd. William Todd was engaged in the lumber trade, manufacturing and shipping. He was an agriculturist and raised thoroughbred horses. He represented Charlotte County in the House of Assembly 1899-1903, the House of Commons 1908-1911 and was Lieutenant Governor of N.B. 1923-1928.

Source: St. Stephen Town Hall - Historical Places file, “Todd Mansion”

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe the Second Empire architecture of the Todd Mansion include:
- rectangular 2 ½-storey massing;
- mansard roof;
- wrought iron cresting;
- fish scale shingles;
- clapboard siding;
- rectangular windows with rounded pediments;
- full-height bays with Roman arch windows;
- central tower located on the symmetrical front façade;
- moulded cornices of both rooflines and separating first and second floors;
- scrolled brackets;
- full-width front veranda with numerous paired pillars.

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

2006/05/23

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Governing Canada
Politics and Political Processes
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Residence
Multiple Dwelling

Historic

Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

Ninian Hannah and Son

Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

St. Stephen Town Hall - Historic Places Files, "Todd Mansion"

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

1109

Status

Published

Related Places

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