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R. W. Hewson Residence
Résidence R. W. Hewson
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Record House consists of a late 19th century 1 ½-story Second Empire residence and straight mansard roof located on the northwest corner of Alma Street and Botsford Street in Moncton.
Record House is designated a Local Historic Place because it is a good example of Second Empire architecture and for its association with the Record family.
This residence, built in 1878, exhibits many of the characteristic features of this style, the boxy straight mansard roof being the most identifiable. The interior details of the residence exhibit the elaborate ornamentation dictated by the Second Empire style.
Record House is also recognized for its association with the Record family. Charles B. Record, founder of the Record Foundry and Machine Company, built this residence for his son, Edwin A. Record. Edwin took over the company when his father retired. He successfully competed in the stove and plough markets aginst Ontario and Quebec. In 1996, the Record House 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 – “93 Victoria St. – Record House”.
The character-defining elements relating to the exterior elements of the structure include:
- irregular massing;
- stone foundation;
- 1-story bay windows;
- moulded entablatures on hip dormers with decorated eared window trim;
- gable dormers with moulded eaves;
- moulded upper cornice with modillion brackets;
- moulded lower cornice with scrolled brackets;
- corbel chimney;
- clapboard siding with pilaster corner boards;
- hipped roof open veranda with moulded cornice, square pillars, decorated balustrade and scrollwork and lath ceiling;
- rectangular 2 over 2 windows with eared trim and entablatures;
- corbel brackets under some window sills.
The character-defining elements relating to the interior elements of the structure include:
- elaborate woodwork throughout;
- hardwood floors;
- white marble fireplaces and mantles;
- black onyx fireplace;
- panel doors with original hardware;
- ceiling medallions;
- pocket doors;
- lozenge transom windows;
- staircase with carved newel post, moulded handrail and turned spindles.
Local Governments (NB)
Municipal Heritage Preservation Act, s.5(1)
Municipal Heritage Preservation Act
1996/01/01 to 1996/01/01
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
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Moncton Museum, 20 Mountain Road, Moncton, New Brunswick
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