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86 Botsford Street

86 Botsford St., Moncton, New Brunswick, E1C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1996/09/23

86 Botsford St., looking northwest, exhibits a majority of its original layout and design.; Moncton Museum
Oak Haus - 86 Botsford St - 2005
This c1915 image from "Moncton: City of Opportunity" identifies 86 Botsford St. as the residence of J. E. Masters.; Moncton Museum
86 Bostford St - c1915
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Other Name(s)

Oak Haus
Minnie Attis Residence
Résidence de Minnie Attis
J. E. Masters Residence
Résidence de J. E. Masters
86 Botsford Street

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/03/16

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

86 Botsford Street is located on the corner of Botsford Street and Victoria Street in Moncton. It consists of 2-½-story late 19th century L-wing Greek revival residence.

Heritage Value

86 Botsford Street is designated as a Local Historic Place for being a well-preserved example of Greek revival architecture from the late 19th century. The typical details of the Greek revival style are still apparent, such as the gable roof with returned eaves, corner pilasters, and rectangular 2-story bay window with triangular pediment and window entablatures.

Captain James Edward Masters built the house in 1895. He was a well-known sea captain and marine merchant during the height of Moncton’s shipping industry. He would expand his interests into the insurance industry and also municipal politics. He served three years as an alderman and a term as the city’s mayor. Locally, he was a volunteered with the Masonic Lodge and the YMCA. Provincially, Captain Masters was an executive member of the board for the New Brunswick Provincial Museum.

In 1952, Minnie Attis purchased the residence. The Attis Family played an integral part in the business and financial developments of the City of Moncton.

In 1996, 86 Botsford Street was designated a Heritage Property through the City of Moncton Heritage Preservation By-Law #Z-1102.

Source: Moncton Museum, Moncton, New Brunswick - second floor files – “86 Botsford St.”

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining exterior and structural elements that indicate the Greek revival style of 86 Botsford St. include:
- classic L-wing layout;
- rectangular massing;
- returned eaves;
- single story bay windows;
- two-story bay window with triangular pediment;
- rectangular windows with entablatures in regular fenestration;
- stone foundation;
- 1st floor open verandah;
- clapboard siding with pilaster cornerboards.

The character-defining elements relating to the interior of 86 Botsford St. include:
- original door and window trim;
- detailed hardwood floors.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Municipal Heritage Preservation Act, s.5(1)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Preservation Act

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1952/01/01 to 1952/01/01
1996/01/01 to 1996/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

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

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



James Edward Masters

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Moncton Museum, 20 Mountain Road, Moncton, New Brunswick - second floor, back office files - filed by civic address

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