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St. John's Anglican Church Rectory

58 Townsend Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1989/10/26

St. John's Rectory, Old Town Lunenburg, south façade, 2004; Heritage Division, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
South façade
St. John's Rectory, Old Town Lunenburg, north façade, 2004; Heritage Division, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
North façade
St. John's Rectory, Old Town Lunenburg, west façade, 2004; Heritage Division, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
West façade

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Construction Date(s)

1810/01/01 to 1816/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/12/13

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Located immediately on the sidewalk beside the St. John's Parish Hall on Townsend Street in Old Town, a heritage conservation district in Lunenburg, NS, the Anglican Rectory is a two storey wooden structure that was built between 1810 and 1816. It is Georgian in design, with some ornamentation and additions from the Victorian era. Designation covers the building and the surrounding property.

Heritage Value

The St. John's Rectory is valued for its long association with St. John's Anglican Church, church rectors, and role in the community. It is also valued for its age and architecture. The Rectory is located in the institutional heart of Lunenburg, a three-block area that was set aside in the original town plans for the Anglican Church, the courthouse and a parade square.

The Rectory is a typical early nineteenth century home, with some additions from the 1880s, such as ornamentation around the windows. Despite these additions and some minor alterations, the building retains its original Georgian character. The Rectory is situated close to St. John's Anglican Church, which is located across the street, and is complimentary in style to the church itself.

Source: Heritage Designation File 66400-40-09, Town of Lunenburg.

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of the St. John’s Anglican Church Rectory include:
- proximity to St. John's Anglican Church and Parish Hall, and continued use in relation to the Parish of Lunenburg;
- location in the institutional area of Lunenburg, as originally laid out in Lunenburg's 1753 town plans, demonstrating the importance of the Anglican Church and its Rectors;
- Georgian design elements, such as the wooden cladding with wooden fluted cornerboards, two symmetrically placed large chimneys, classical trim around the central doorway on the main façade and the large eastern bay window;
- vernacular late nineteenth century local architectural features, such as bracketry, lintel ornamentation and prominent window hoods, added in the 1880s along with the ell on the western end, which is in keeping with the original design.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

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Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Lunenburg, 119 Cumberland Street, P.O. Box 129, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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