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Hartland Town Hall

31 Orser Street , Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2010/01/18

Image taken in 2009 of the exterior front entrance to Hartland Town Hall; Doris E. Kennedy
Hartland Town Hall
Picture of the building taken in the 1960's after it was purchased for use as the Town Hall; Doris E. Kennedy
Hartland Town Hall
Picture is taken in the 1960's of the Town Hall shortly after it was purchased by the town from a Massey Harris dealership operated by Ercel Orser; Doris E. Kennedy
Hartland Town Hall

Other Name(s)

Hartland Town Hall
Ercell Orser and Sons
Ercell Orser and Sons

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Construction Date(s)

1946/01/01 to 1947/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/03/30

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Hartland Town Hall is a two-storey rectangular municipal building with a colonnaded veranda. It is located at the corner of Orser Street and Maple Street in Hartland.

Heritage Value

The Hartland Town Hall is designated as a Local Historic Place for its sound structural commercial qualities and for its contribution to the political infrastructure of the community. The exterior structural qualities of this large rectangular building are simple but typical of the era of construction in 1946-47. The building was constructed with plain walls, uncomplicated surfaces and elaborate massing without decoration. Traditional details were replaced with simple cornices. Other features of the commercial building included large showroom windows, a centrally-located red-brick fireplace with a double flu and a brick face on the front façade, the only extravagant feature employed at the time. The building served a dual purpose: to serve as a car dealership and to store potatoes. The fireplace was a standard commercial feature, typical of this local era. It was purposely built to enhance the socialization of friends and customers.

In 1964, the building was acquired by the Town of Hartland. Interior alterations were made to accommodate the Town Council Chambers, the community hall and office space. On the front façade, the original window and door openings of the showroom remain and are the location of the Town Council’s chamber and Mayor’s office. The original double fireplace remains in the centre of the building and is a focal point for Town Council meetings. The floor is also concrete throughout except for the wood floor occupied by the Council Chamber that has been covered by tile and carpet.

Sources: "Hidden History of Hartland" by Doris Kennedy, located at the Hartland Town Hall; Hartland Town Hall archives, "Hartland Town Hall" file.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Hartland Town Hall include:
- concrete walls with plain small windows;
- rectangular massing with shallow sloped gable roof;
- balanced symmetrical front façade;
- large picture windows on brick front façade with main door off-centre between the central and left windows;
- red-brick fireplace with double flu in the centre of building;
- supported concrete floors;
- the building's location on the original land grant of William Orser, the Loyalist founder of Hartland.



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)

1964/01/01 to 1964/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Governing Canada
Government and Institutions
Governing Canada
Security and Law

Function - Category and Type


Town or City Hall
Police Station


Commerce / Commercial Services
Service Station
Civic Space
Food Supply
Food Storage Facility
Commerce / Commercial Services

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Hartland Town Hall, 31 Orser Street, Hartland, NB

Cross-Reference to Collection

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