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Lorenzo Spencer House

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

Reconnu formellement en: 1995/06/05

Lorenzo Spencer House, east elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
front elevation
Lorenzo Spencer House, front gable detail, 2004; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
front gable detail
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Autre nom(s)

Lorenzo Spencer House
20 Dominion Street

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/09/24

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

Lorenzo Spencer House is a two storey wood frame building located at 20 Dominion Street in Truro, NS. The house, which has been adapted for commercial reuse, can be identified by its elaborate Victorian decoration and the Palladian window in the front gable. Both the house and surrounding grounds are included in the heritage designation.

Valeur patrimoniale

Historical Value

This house is valued for its association with Lorenzo E. Spencer, one of three brothers who founded Spencer Bros. and Turner, Ltd., a sash, door and woodworking factory that was in a large wooden building originally located near this site. The factory was later moved to a location in the east end of Truro, closer to the railway line, where it operated until the mid-twentieth century. The prefabricated decorative elements that the factory produced are well-represented on the exterior of this building and many others in Truro.

Architectural Value

Architecturally, Lorenzo Spencer House is an example of the many influences that contributed to the design of most houses in this period. This house combines the simple proportions of the Greek Revival style with the massing, textures and decoration from the later Queen Anne and Stick styles. It illustrates how an earlier style was often absorbed into later styles, rather than being entirely supplanted by them.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0007

Éléments caractéristiques

External elements that define the building’s heritage character include:
- all Late Victorian building elements, including: basic form and massing; textured shingling, stick brackets, rosettes and fascia detailing.
- all window and door elements, including: Palladian window in the front pediment; narrow sashed windows.
- all building materials, including: wood clapboard cladding and trim painted in a contrasting colour; asphalt-shingled roof.

Elements that define the site’s heritage charater include:
- placement of the house relative to the street.




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
Exprimer la vie intellectuelle et culturelle
L'architecture et l'aménagement

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Commerce / Services commerciaux
Magasin ou commerce de vente au détail


Logement unifamilial

Architecte / Concepteur




Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0007

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Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




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