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Lunenburg Inn

26 Dufferin Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1990/07/26

Lunenburg Inn, New Town, Lunenburg, Dufferin Street façade, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Dufferin Street façade
Lunenburg Inn, New Town, Lunenburg, front façade, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Front façade detail
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Other Name(s)

Lunenburg Inn
Hillside Hotel

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Construction Date(s)

1890/01/01 to 1893/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/12/15

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Lunenburg Inn is a T-shaped, three-storey wooden residence with a prominent tower and wide front veranda situated at the foot of Dufferin Street in the New Town area of Lunenburg, NS. The Inn was constructed between 1890 and 1893 in the Queen Anne Revival styles on a triangular lot that backs onto a slope, with a small setback from the street. Designation extends to the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Lunenburg Inn is valued as a landmark building in Lunenburg and for its association with the first owner, Reuben Conrad. The house was completed in 1893 for Conrad, a well-known local carpenter who later became the Town's first Superintendent of Streets. Since that time, the house has functioned as an inn, a boarding house and a private residence.

Lunenburg Inn’s landmark value lies in its many unusual architectural characteristics, which were inspired by the popular turn-of-the-century Queen Anne Revival design trend. It was built with one front corner tower rising above the roofline and a long veranda extending along the front of the house. The triangular shape was considered during construction, as the layout of the house narrows in an angular fashion at the rear. With its location at the base of Dufferin Street, Lunenburg Inn serves as a key building in the largely late Victorian streetscape.

Source: Heritage Designation File 66400-40-16 , Town of Lunenburg.

Character-Defining Elements

Character-Defining Elements of Lunenburg Inn relating to its Queen Anne Revival features include:

- T-shaped form of the house and asymmetrical composition, creating variety for the viewer at different angles;
- tower rising from the side ell; the turret of the tower has three-paned windows under small gable peaks on the east and west sides set into a steep mansard roof;
- broad veranda across the front and east side of the house, enclosing recessed bay windows;
- steep gables on each roof section except the corner tower;
- clapboard cladding, with simply decorated cornerboards;
- large gables on each façade, and a large two-storey bay on the rear of the west façade.

Lunenburg Inn's character-defining elements relating to its location in New Town include:

- location at the foot of Dufferin Street, and its contribution to the Dufferin Street late Victorian streetscape;
- full use of the triangular lot with the façade facing a busy corner of New Town, creating a picturesque silhouette, and adding to the building's appearance of prosperity and prominence in the community;
- impressive facades when viewed from either Dufferin Street or facing Lincoln Street.



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

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn


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, FILE 66400-40-16

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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