Tower Victorian Streetscape
1041 - 1105 Tower Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H, Canada
Links and documents
1869/01/01 to 1900/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Tower Victorian Streetscape includes fourteen houses in the Late Victorian Eclectic style. They are located on one-and-a-half blocks of Tower Road; a quiet, narrow street that is heavily treed in the south end of Halifax, NS. These houses are situated between Inglis and South Streets with Victoria Road separating the first eight from the last six houses. The road continues to follow its historic meandering nature and has retained its original narrowness. The heritage designation applies to the buildings and the land they occupy.
Tower Road in the 1790s was a rural road that was used by the military marching between the waters of the Northwest Arm and Halifax. Prince Edward ordered the construction of a stone martello defence tower in the spring of 1796 at the end of what is now Tower Road. Today this tower is a national historic site.
Tower Victorian Streetscape is valued for the fourteen Late Victorian Eclectic style houses. The Late Victorian Eclectic style is complex and incorporates many styles into one house. This streetscape includes houses that have details such as brackets, Palladian windows, side hall plan as well as centrally located doorways. The unifying force on the street are the bay windows and porches. Many of the same architectural features are repeated several times. The mouldings and fretwork are extremely decorative. Each house provides an interesting glimpse into the eclectic construction period.
Source: HRM Heritage Property File: 1041 - 1105 Tower Road, Tower Victorian Streetscape, found at HRM Planning and Development Services, Heritage Property Program, 6960 Mumford Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The character-defining elements of Tower Victorian Streetscape related to Late Victorian Eclectic style include:
- shingle siding;
- bracketed eaves;
- curved front porches and entrance bays;
- side hall plan;
- projecting facades with entrance and window bays;
- Palladian windows in entrance bay;
- three sided squared entrance bay;
- three sided round window bay;
- double entranceways;
- scalloped shingles;
- shallow pitched roofs.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
- Multiple Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
HRM Planning and Development Services, 6960 Mumford Road, Halifax, NS B3L 4P1
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