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Mary Vernon House

70 King Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1995/06/05

Mary Vernon House, Truro, NS, south gable detail, 2004.; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Gable Detail
Mary Vernon House, Truro, NS, east elevation, 1995.; Town of Truro, 1995
Front Elevation
Mary Vernon House, Truro, NS, east elevation, 2004.; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Front Elevation

Other Name(s)

Mary Vernon House
70 King Street

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1894/01/01 to 1894/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/09/28

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Mary Vernon House is a two-storey wood frame dwelling located at 70 King Street , in the urban core of Truro, NS. It is a Queen Anne Revival style house with distinctive corner towers and a full width wrap-around porch and is situated in Truro’s Heritage Conservation District II. The municipal designation includes the building and the surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Historical Value

This house is valued for its association with Mary Vernon (1846-1936) and her family. Vernon, a widow who came from London, England to Truro in the late 1880s with her family, originally settled outside the town on the Salmon River. The family moved to this King Street house upon its completion in 1894 by developer W.H. Snook.

Vernon’s three sons were locally prominent in their chosen fields: Charles W. Vernon was an Anglican minister; Gilbert H. Vernon was a lawyer who successfully defended many rum-runners during the Prohibition period; and Ernest D. Vernon was an architect and merchant.

Architectural Value

The Mary Vernon House is also valued as an example of a late Victorian residence that has retained much of its architectural integrity through the years. It is unique in Truro for its unusual mix of late Queen Anne Revival, Shingle and Stick design elements.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0012

Character-Defining Elements

External elements that define the heritage character of the building consist of:

- all original architectural elements, including: basic Queen Anne Revival form and massing; intersecting cross gable extension at the rear; hip-roofed solarium mounted above the porch on the northeast corner; square turret on a diagonal square bay on the southeast corner; oversized bay on the south with gable top decorated with a Shingle style wooden arch; elevated side entrance and wrap-around porch, with brackets, turned supports and spindles; wide cornices with various Stick style decorative elements applied;
- all original window and door elements, including: narrow sashed windows in a three-over-one and two-over-one pattern; moulded window and door surrounds; panelled front door with etched glass;
- wooden clapboard cladding and trim elements; shingling on some wall surfaces;
- all building and site elements compliant with the municipal Heritage Conservation District By-Law;
- placement of the house relative to the street and its neighbours.



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

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Peopling the Land
Migration and Immigration

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



Snook, W.H.

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0012

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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