James Morrison Residence
15 Orange Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The James W. Morrison Residence is a two-storey, wooden Craftsman building. It is located on Orange Street within the Orange Street Preservation Area of Saint John.
The James W. Morrison Residence is designated a Local Historic Place for its architecture and for its association with its former occupants.
The James W. Morrison Residence is recognized as one of a collection of commercial and residential buildings that were built after two thirds of the City of Saint John were destroyed by the fire in 1877. Built in 1881, this residence is an example of vernacular Craftsman architecture from the rebuilding period in Saint John following the fire.
The James W. Morrison Residence is also recognized for its association with James W. Morrison and his family. A carpenter by trade, Morrison built this residence. He was of Irish descent and his family first arrived in Saint John in the early 1800’s. By 1887, he established a small independent business as a builder which was located at 59 Sydney Street. After his death in 1896, his wife, Jane Morrison took over ownership of the house and lived there with her son, James W. Morrison, Jr. Following her death in 1899, the ownership of this property passed on to her two sons, Robert and James. James continued to live there after his mother’s passing until 1908. Taking after his father in some respects, Morrison took up a profession as an architect and real estate broker. He operated his own business out of the building known as the Ritchie Building located on Princess Street. This residence remained in the Morrison family until 1914.
Source: Planning and Development Department - City of Saint John
The character-defining elements that describe the James W. Morrison Residence include:
- rectangular two-storey massing;
- projecting cornice;
- four-paned, triple and single windows along the front façade;
- two-paned, rectangular transom window over wooden double doors with multiple glass panels.
Local Governments (NB)
Municipal Heritage Preservation Act, s.5(1)
Municipal Heritage Preservation Act
1881/01/01 to 1914/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Multiple Dwelling
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
James W. Morrison
Location of Supporting Documentation
Planning and Development Department - City of Saint John
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