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North Head Show Hall

126 Route 776, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2010/01/11

This is a photo of the North Head Show Hall taken in winter 2010.  The Farmer's Market stalls are on the left and the Church of Ascension Anglican Church Hall in on the hill behind the Show Hall.  ; Grand Manan Historical Society, 2010
North Head Show Hall
The North Head Show Hall is in the centre of this photo with the North Head School on the left and the Anglican Church of Ascension on the hill on the right.  ; Grand Manan Archives photo collection P8-309
North Head Show Hall
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Other Name(s)

North Head Show Hall
Glass Eye Society
Société Glass Eye
Happy Hour Theatre
Théâtre Happy Hour
Court House
Palais de justice

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/03/02

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The North Head Show Hall is located directly on the roadside of Route 776 on Grand Manan Island, about 0.8 km from the ferry terminal. It consists of a one-and-a-half storey vernacular Classical Revival institutional building with a front-facing gable roof and shingle cladding.

Heritage Value

The North Head Show Hall is designated a Local Historic Place because of its long history of entertainment and community gatherings. In 1866, a group of residents calling themselves the Glass Eye Society came together and purchased the land for a public hall and school. The land was purchased from Ebenezer and Sarah Gaskill for $30.00. Over the years, the building has been used as a Show Hall, a community hall and a temporary school. In 1976, the building was turned over to the community of North Head. Around 1980, a satellite court was established here and continues to present. When there are no court meetings, the building is a community gathering place for AA meetings, seasonal farmers markets and is available to rent for special events.

The North Head Show Hall is a good example of a vernacular institutional structure with Classical Revival influences from the mid-19th century. The building’s functional design is expressed through the simple rectangular massing and large interior spaces. However, the simple style of the building is heightened by such classical details as the moulded returned eaves and pilaster corner boards.

Source: Grand Manan Archives - Local Historic Places files

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe North Head Show Hall include:
- rectangular one-and-a-half storey wood frame massing;
- cedar shingle cladding;
- moderately-pitched front-facing gable roof;
- moulded returned eaves;
- pilaster corner boards with capitals;
- original stone foundation;
- elevated front entrance with bracketed entablature;
- sash windows.

The character-defining elements relating to the interior include:
- one large room to the back of the building used for community meetings;
- one small office room to the left of the front entrance;
- two washrooms and a stairwell on the right of the entrance;
- stairs leading to a small room in the upper level that was originally the balcony and projector room when the building was the Show Hall.



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)

1976/01/01 to 1976/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Social Movements
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Sports and Leisure

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Courthouse and/or Registry Office


Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club
Recreation Centre
Civic Space

Architect / Designer



The Glass Eye Society

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Grand Manan Archives, 1141 Route 776, Grand Manan, NB

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