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50 Waterloo Row

50 Waterloo Row, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2007/12/10

50 Waterloo Row, the dwelling fronts on the south side of the street; City of Fredericton
50 Waterloo Row, front view
This image shows the east side of 50 Waterloo Row, which fronts on the south side of the street; City of Fredericton
50 Waterloo Row, east side and front façade
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/05/03

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

William E. Minue designed this two-and-a-half storey Queen Anne Revival dwelling, which is situated on the eastern side of Waterloo Row in Fredericton. This substantial wood-frame house, in view of the Saint John River, was built in 1908 on a lot located on the first block of the street.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of this dwelling is embedded not only in its design but in the prominence of its past owners. William E. Minue, prolific local architect, designed this house in 1907 for James F. McMurray. Minue left an indelible imprint on Fredericton’s architectural landscape having prepared the plans for such local landmarks as the Hartt Boot and Shoe Factory in 1898 and the St. Mary’s Departmental Store in 1904. Minue’s decorated career included an array of public buildings and private dwellings, and this Queen Anne Revival house on Waterloo Row stands as a fine example of his architectural skill.

James F. McMurray, the original owner of this house, operated two successful business ventures in the city. The proprietor of his own photography studio, McMurray partnered with George Burkhardt shortly after its establishment in 1878. Photographs taken by McMurray & Burkhardt were among the items contained in the time capsule ensconced in the portico of the newly constructed Legislative Building in 1880. McMurray’s stationery store, known as McMurray & Co., became his principal business interest which remained in operation for nearly half a century.

John A. Reid, who purchased this house from Mr. McMurray, for many years acted as president of the Hartt Boot and Shoe Factory. Later becoming active in local politics, Mr. Reid first served many terms on City Council before his election as Mayor of Fredericton in 1920. The Reid family left their mark on this house, in which they lived for more than four decades, with the wrought iron “R” ornamenting the railing of the front steps.

Source: City of Fredericton, Local Historic Places Files

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements associated with the Queen Anne Revival structure located at 50 Waterloo Row include:
- asymmetrical two-and-a-half storey wood-frame dwelling;
- asymmetrical fenestration;
- manicured lawn;
- variety of roof lines;
- gable peaks in roof lines on the upriver and downriver façades;
- large rectangular windows;
- three-storey corner tower;
- projecting second-storey bay adorned with small, pillared balcony similar to veranda;
- broad wraparound veranda with triangular pediment surmounting front entrance.



New Brunswick

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Local Governments (NB)

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Local Historic Places Program

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Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

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Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

William E. Minue



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Fredericton, Local Historic Places Files, "50 Waterloo Row"

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