45 Union Street, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, E3L, Canada
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1890/01/01 to 1895/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
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.
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”
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.
Local Governments (NB)
Local Historic Places Program
Municipal Register of Local Historic Places
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
- Multiple Dwelling
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Ninian Hannah and Son
Location of Supporting Documentation
St. Stephen Town Hall - Historic Places Files, "Todd Mansion"
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