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Brownrigg House

275 Queen Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, E5B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/04/06

This photograph shows the contextual view of the building, 2008; Town of St. Andrews
Brownrigg House - Contextual view
This photograph shows the eave return, 2008; Town of St. Andrews
Brownrigg House - Eave return
This photograph shows the entrance of the residence and illustrates the sidelights and pilasters, 2008; Town of St. Andrews
Brownrigg House - Entrance

Other Name(s)

Storr House
Brownrigg House
Maison Storr

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/08/27

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Brownrigg House is a one-storey, wooden Maritime vernacular residence with greek Revival influences. Built in the mid-1800's, it is located on Queen Street in St. Andrews.

Heritage Value

The Brownrigg House is designated a Local Historic Place for its association with its past occupants and for its superb architectural preservation.

The home was built circa 1850 for cartman John Brownrigg. He passed away here in 1884, as did his wife in 1888. Railroad employee James Richardson owned the home from 1899 to 1909. In 1909 the home was purchased by James H. Storr. Mr. Storr was also a cartman and delivered the local mail. He met the incoming and outgoing trains at St. Andrews and the mail boats from Deer Island and Grand Manan. His death occurred in 1944 after dropping mail off at the post office and the wharf to send mail to the islands. He returned home for a rest and passed away from a heart attack. The home has been in the Storr family for the past 99 years.

Architecturally, the Brownrigg House is an excellent example of Maritime vernacular residential architecture with strong Greek Revival influences. The Greek Revival influence is evident in the large eave returns and the pilasters that flank the entranceway. The earlier working-class style homes traditionally had flush eaves and little entranceway ornamentation. The entranceway of this home has multi-paned sidelights flanked by pilasters with a recessed design. The low profile of this small single home with windows and entranceway within close proximity to the eaves, leaving little wall space, is a charming characteristic.

Source: Charlotte County Archives - Old Gaol, St. Andrews, New Brunswick - St. Andrews Historic Places File, “Brownrigg House”

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Brownrigg House include:
- rectangular one-storey plan;
- moderately-pitched lateral gable roof;
- window placement and proportions;
- large projecting eaves with returns;
- symmetrical front façade;
- large corner boards;
- stone foundation;
- slim clapboard siding;
- multi-paned sidelights;
- pilasters with recessed design flanking the entranceway.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Charlotte County Archives - Old Gaol, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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