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Archibald Beck House

43 Dominion Street, Truro, Nouvelle-Écosse, B2N, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1994/09/12

Archibald Beck House, southwest projection, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Southwest projection
Archibald Beck House, porch detail, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Porch detail
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Autre nom(s)

43 Dominion Street
Archibald Beck House

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/09/24

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

Archibald Beck House is a two-storey wood-frame dwelling located at 43 Dominion Street in Truro, NS in the urban core of the town. Built in 1880 in the Italianate Revival style, the house features two large front bays and is situated in Truro’s Heritage Conservation District II, a neighborhood noted for its concentration of largely intact late Victorian residences. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Valeur patrimoniale

Architectural Value

Truro has many examples of this basic house plan, of a style popular among prosperous merchants in the late 1880s, and the Archibald Beck House is valued as a good example. The square plan Italianate Revival style was readily adaptable to the relative wealth and taste of each owner, and the many surviving examples reflect a wide range of choices in massing, materials, decoration and overall quality of workmanship. This house, for example, lacks the side bays, larger massing and window detail that another owner might have chosen.

Historical Value

Archibald Beck House is also valued for its association with farmer and carpenter Alexander McNutt (1813-1887) who owned several lots in this area, and who built this house in 1880 for his daughter and her husband Archibald Beck, a Dartmouth, NS tailor.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0005

Éléments caractéristiques

External elements that define the heritage character of the Archibald Beck House include:

- all Italianate Revival elements, including: basic square plan form and massing, with rear extension; elevated side entrance and porch, with turned supports and spindles; wide eaves with decorative pairs of brackets; segmented square bays on front with projecting triangular pediments.
- all window and door elements, including: pairs of sashed windows with two over one glazing; heavy window mouldings with decorative brackets.
- all building materials, including: wood clapboard cladding and trim painted in a contrasting colour; asphalt roof shingles.
- all building elements compliant with the town’s Heritage Conservation By-Law.

Elements that define the site’s heritage character include:

- placement of the house relative to the street and its neighbours;
- all site elements compliant with the town’s Heritage Conservation By-Law.




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (N.-É.)

Loi habilitante

Heritage Property Act

Type de reconnaissance

Bien inscrit au répertoire municipal

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction



Logement unifamilial

Architecte / Concepteur

Alexander McNutt



Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0005

Réfère à une collection

Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




Inscriptions associées

Dominion Streetscape

Heritage Conservation District II

Heritage Conservation District II consists of 37 Late Victorian style residences built between 1867 and 1947, located on Dominion, Duke, King, and Victoria Streets in the urban…


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