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Daniel O'Leary Property

92 Acadie Street, Richibucto, New Brunswick, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/12/15

Image of the house in 2008, view of the southwest corner; Bernard LeBlanc
Daniel O'Leary Property
The size of the original house is indicated in yellow; Bernard LeBlanc
Daniel O'Leary Property
Illustration showing the principle behind upright plank construction; Bernard LeBlanc
Daniel O'Leary Property

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/02/17

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Daniel O’Leary Property is a one-and-a-half storey vernacular house with a gable roof. The original part of the house is of upright plank construction. It is located on Acadie Street in Richibucto.

Heritage Value

The Daniel O’Leary Property is designated as a Local Historic Place for its architecture. The house is representative of working class dwellings of Richibucto in the 19th century.

The original part of the house is much smaller than the present structure and occupies the north west corner of the building. The front door and the right north gable window are original openings of the original house. The exterior walls of this first house consist of vertical planks that are set side by side. Typically, these have a thickness of 3 inches (7.6 cm) and are mill sawn. The frame of the main floor of the original house consists of an axe-hewn sill into which are mortised the floor joists. These are round logs that still retain their bark and are planed only on the top surface. The cellar, with an earthen floor, is very shallow, measuring about 1.2 m (4 feet) at the centre.

In the second half of the 20th century, the house was enlarged towards the east and south. The joists of the main floor of the extension are mill-sawn. The proportions of the enlarged house are typical of 19th century vernacular dwellings of the region, giving the building an ancient appearance.

It is not known who built the original house, nor when, but it would date around the middle of the 19th century. Daniel O’Leary was owner of the lot apparently from 1859. The property was own by the O’Leary family until 1929 when it was purchased by David Desroches who resold it shortly afterwards to Sarah Woods. She was the wife of the innkeeper, Francis A. Woods.

Sources : Richibucto Town Hall - Richibucto Local Historic Places files; Centre d'études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson, Université de Moncton

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Daniel O’Leary Property include:
- the one-and-a-half storey plan;
- the gable roof;
- the upright plank walls of the original house;
- the axe-hewn timbers of the main floor of the original house;
- the original openings, these being the front door and the right north gable window;
- the vintage proportions of the house;
- the mid-19th century enlargements that maintain an older appearance.



New Brunswick

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Local Governments (NB)

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Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

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Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1859/01/01 to 1859/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment
Single Dwelling
Commerce / Commercial Services

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

- Richibucto Town Hall - Centre d'études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson, Université de Moncton

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