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McConkey House

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

Formally Recognized: 2006/10/24

Front View; Town of St. Stephen
McConkey House
Front Entrance; Town of St. Stephen
McConkey House
Side view with gable; Town of St. Stephen
McConkey House

Other Name(s)

n/a

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/02/29

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

McConkey House is a two-storey vernacular interpretation of a Classic Revival residence with a lateral gable roof. It is located on Union Street in St. Stephen.

Heritage Value

McConkey House is designated a Local Historic Place for its architecture and for its association with its former occupants.

McConkey House is recognized for being a good example of vernacular Classic Revival architecture featuring a steeply-pitched gable roof and deep moulded eaves. The house was built prior to 1857, with the veranda having been added around 1905.

McConkey House is also recognized for its association with its former occupants. Ashur Bassford, a prominent builder who built many homes in St. Stephen and in Calais, Maine, built the house for Abraham H. Marks and his wife Lucinda. In 1857, it was sold to Mrs. Jannet Porter, widow of Captain Joseph Nehemiah Porter and direct descendent of early town settler, Captain Nehemiah Marks. Mrs. Porter died in 1890 leaving the home to her sister Kate Grant who died in 1905. The home was sold to Samuel McConkey, a widely known custom tailor. The home is still occupied by a member of the McConkey family.

Source: St. Stephen Town Hall - Historic Places File "McConkey House"

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe the vernacular Classic Revival architecture of the McConkey House include:
- rectangular two-storey massing;
- steep lateral gable roof;
- deep moulded eaves;
- sidelights of Italian glass;
- rectangular transom;
- original heavy panel door;
- 6 over 6 double sash windows;
- shiplap siding;
- front veranda.

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

2006/10/24

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

Ashur Bassford

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

St. Stephen Town Hall - Historic Places File "McConkey House"

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

1284

Status

Published

Related Places

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