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Buckley Building

082-086 Germain Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1982/03/18

This contextual photograph shows the building with an alleyway to the north and the Masonic Temple to the south, 2004.; City of Saint John
Contextual view of the building
This photograph shows the roof-line cornice and distinguished corbel bands, 2004; City of Saint John
The building's cornice and windows
This photograph shows the storefront with the large fascia band and heavy pillars, 2004.; City of Saint John
The building's storefront

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Construction Date(s)

1877/01/01 to 1881/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/05/12

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Buckley Building is a three storey brick Italianate-Style commercial building on the east side of Germain Street in the City of Saint John. The building is located in the Trinity Royal area and was recognized in the City of Saint John Preservation Areas Bylaw in 1982.

Heritage Value

The Buckley Building is significant as one of a collection of commercial, Italianate and Second Empire buildings that were built between 1877 and 1881 after two thirds of the City of Saint John was destroyed by the fire in 1877.

The building is also significant because it housed the office of G. Ernest Fairweather from 1888 until 1920. G. E. Fairweather was a prominent architect and he designed many significant buildings in Saint John. Mr. Fairweather was an active worker in the field of architecture and gave many instructive lectures. He was originally associated with John Magee, as Magee and Fairweather, and in their office the plans were prepared for a great many of the buildings erected after the great fire in 1877. He was one of the most reliable men in the city with regard to building matters and was often called upon to act in an advisory capacity or to settle questions of construction. Over the years the building has housed a number of businesses. The upper storey has housed rooming houses and apartments throughout the years.

Source: Planning and Development Department - City of Saint John

Character-Defining Elements

The character defining elements that make up this industrial building are as follows:
- cornice with distinctive corbel bands;
- decorative brickwork;
- recessed brickwork;
- segmented arch windows;
- second storey windows are considerably higher than the top floor windows;
- on the same setback as the neighbouring building to the south;
- window proportions and window placement
- building's height and width proportions;
- large storefront fascia band;
- alleyway on north side.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Community Planning Act

Recognition Type

Local Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1888/01/01 to 1920/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building


Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment
Multiple Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning and Development Department - City of Saint John

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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