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Rose Horsman Building

2699 Fredericton Road, Salisbury, New Brunswick, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2010/03/08

Image taken from the south; Village of Salisbury
Rose Horsman Building
Image taken from the southwest; Village of Salisbury
Rose Horsman Building
Image taken from the northwest; Village of Salisbury
Rose Horsman Building

Other Name(s)

Rose Horsman Building
Salisbury Graded School
École primaire de Salisbury
Salisbury Superior School
École supérieure de Salisbury

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/05/11

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Rose Horsman Building is a rectangular two-storey Georgian Revival former school building with a hipped roof located on Fredericton Road in Salisbury.

Heritage Value

The Rose Horsman Building was designated a local historic place for its architecture, for association with the educational history of Salisbury and for its use for community activities.

The Rose Horsman Building is recognized for its architecture. This rectangular building with a hipped roof and hipped dormers was built in 1905 for about $5,000 by contractor Lou Wright after the former school on the same site burned in 1904. The new Graded School or Salisbury Superior School was built using a popular school architecture style of the time. Georgian Revival with Queen Anne revival elements was a style used for many larger wooden schools in southern New Brunswick at the turn of the 20th century, including the Riverside Consolidated School in Alma which opened the same year. Although the original windows and doors have been replaced and a vinyl exterior siding has been installed, the building still maintains the massing and roof shape indicative of this style.

The Rose Horsman Building is also recognized for its association with Rose Horsman and her influence on the educational development of Salisbury. Rose Horsman passed away on December 13, 2008 at the age of 75. She was a Salisbury education advocate who served as a school trustee for 18 years, serving as Chair. Rose Horsman also served on numerous other educational groups and community groups such as the NB School Trustee Executive Committee, the Home and School, Association Block Parents, Women’s Institute and the NB Progressive Conservative Party. The building was renamed in her honour.

The Rose Horsman Building is also recognized for its community use. The building has been in use for community activities since the building stopped being used for school functions in the 1980’s. Today, the Rose Horsman Building houses the Salisbury Boys and Girls Club.

Source: Salisbury Village Office, Local Historic Places file #3

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements relating to the Rose Horsman Building include:
- rectangular form of the building;
- hipped roof;
- hipped dormers;
- original location of doors and windows.



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)

1981/01/01 to 1981/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Learning and the Arts
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Building Social and Community Life
Community Organizations

Function - Category and Type


Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club


Primary or Secondary School

Architect / Designer



Lou Wright

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Salisbury Village Offices, 56 Douglas Street, Salisbury, NB, E4J 3E3

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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