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Mayner House

185 Townsend Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1996/03/28

Mayner House, Old Town Lunenburg, east façade, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
east façade
Mayner House, Old Town Lunenburg, south façade, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
south façade
Mayner House, Old Town Lunenburg, frontispiece detail, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
frontspiece detail

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Construction Date(s)

1883/01/01 to 1883/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/09/22

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Located within the Heritage Conservation District of Old Town Lunenburg, NS, Mayner House is situated on Townsend Street, and was built into the north slope of the corner of Hopson Street. It is a tall, two-and-a-half storey wooden house, built in 1883 and is similar in style to its neighbours, which adds continuity to the streetscape. There is yard space between the house and both Hopson and Townsend Streets. The building and surrounding land are included in the municipal designation.

Heritage Value

Mayner House is considered to have heritage value due to its age, local historical significance and as a good example of nineteenth century vernacular architecture. The house has many typical Lunenburg features, such as a Lunenburg 'bump' dormer and bracketting detail, and it has maintained nearly all its original architectural features. The clapboard siding, steep gable roof, front facade frontispiece and symmetry of the building are characteristic of Lunenburg nineteenth century architecture. The property was built in 1883, and like many Lunenburg Old Town homes, it stayed in the original family for many years. It was sold to Captain Aubrey Oxner in 1925, and remained in the Oxner family for many years.

Source: Notice of Recommendation to Register as a Town Heritage Property, Heritage Designation File 66400-40-34, Town of Lunenburg.

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of Mayner House relate to its architecture in the Lunenburg vernacular tradition and include:

- the vertical lines, symmetry and massing of the house, and setback into a steep slope, suggesting a sense of height;
- windows with original moulded and bracketed entabulatures;
- ornamentation on the basement windows and door;
- tall, hip-roofed frontispiece with small, bracketed bay window on the second storey;
- symmetrical chimneys set in the roof ridge, and steeply pitched gable roof.



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

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Lunenburg, 119 Cumberland Street, P.O. Box 129, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0, FILE 66400-40-34

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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