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Lennox Tavern

69 Fox Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1995/11/30

Lennox Tavern, Old Town Lunenburg, south and west Façade, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
South and west façades
Lennox Tavern, Old Town Lunenburg, south façade, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
South façade
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Construction Date(s)

1795/01/01 to 1818/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/07/13

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Built in Georgian style, Lennox Tavern is a two-storey wooden building located on the upper slope of Lunenburg's Old Town on the corner of Fox and Cornwallis Streets. The property is located within a designated heritage district and municipal designation includes the building and surrounding property, which is presently an inn.

Heritage Value

The Lennox Tavern is valued as a well-maintained Georgian building, representative of Lunenburg's late eighteenth-century architecture, which includes a large stock of wooden buildings laid out in geometrically regular streets and blocks. Built in the early nineteenth century for innkeeper John Lennox, the Lennox Tavern is one of the oldest buildings in Lunenburg. It is also the largest intact Georgian dwelling in the town. Built on a massive stone foundation, the post and beam plank wall structure is designed in late Georgian style. It has a balanced facade, a medium pitched gable roof and two large chimneys, which is typical of Georgian homes.

Source: Heritage Designation File 66400-40-33, Town of Lunenburg.

Character-Defining Elements

Stylistic elements characteristic of the Georgian style include such elements as:
- an appearance of order and regularity, taken from symmetrical lines and simple ornamentation;
- stone foundation;
- symmetrical façade, with 6 over 6 windows, and a central doorway;
- medium pitched gable roof, with two large symmetrical chimneys;
- transom window and plain pediment over the front door.

Elements characteristic of Lunenburg buildings of the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century include:
- clapboard cladding, with endboards and finishing boards at the basement level;
- proximity to the street, with the front door opening immediately onto the street;
- the building setting close to the street and oriented facing the street, with little land surrounding the building.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn


Commerce / Commercial Services
Eating or Drinking Establishment

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Lunenburg, 119 Cumberland Street, P.O. Box 129, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0.

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