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Donald Morrison House

204 Montague Street, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, E5B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2007/07/03

This photograph shows the unaltered symmetrical front façade of the home, 2007.; Town of St. Andrews
Donald Morrison House
This photograph shows the handsome Neo-classical entrance with circular and diamond pattern in the fan window and sidelights, 2007.; Town of St. Andrews
Donald Morrison House
This photograph shows the unique plank style of construction that is similar to ship construction, 2007.; Town of St. Andrews
Donald Morrison House

Other Name(s)

Donald Morrison House
Keay Residence
Résidence Keay

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/08/06

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Donald Morrison House is a two-storey, wood, Neo-Classical, building with a five-bay façade and central entranceway. It is located on Montague Street in St. Andrews.

Heritage Value

The Donald Morrison House is recognized as a Local Historic Place for its architecture and for its association with past occupants.

This home is an excellent example of the Neo-Classical style. It is a sturdy and secure two-storey building. The building has a symmetrical five-bay façade with an elaborate central entranceway. The fanlight and sidelights with their circular and diamond pattern makes for one of the most attractive Neo-Classical entrances in St. Andrews. This home and others in St. Andrews have shiplap cladding, a shipwright’s technique which is exterior horizontal butted boards which do not overlap.

The Donald Morrison house was built c1827 by house carpenter Donald D. Morrison for himself. Mr. Morrison was born in Rosshire, Scotland c1791 and came to Boston in the early part of the 19th century. He moved to St. Andrews and practiced his occupation as a house carpenter in the late 1820’s. He moved back to Boston in the early 1850’s. This home was occupied by the Keay family for nearly 100 years (1868-1950). Rev. Peter Keay was inducted as the pastor of Greenock Presbyterian Church at St. Andrews in 1868 and occupied this home until his untimely and tragic death in 1873. He preached in Scotland from 1851 until he received an appointment from the Colonial Committee to preach in New Brunswick in 1854. He was ordained at Fredericton and preached in the area of Stanley, New Brunswick for 14 years and laboured in St. Andrews for nearly six. In December of 1873 he was given a leave of absence to recuperate his health. While in McAdam waiting for a train he fell off the station’s platform and was instantly killed by an oncoming train at the age of 45. He was held in high esteem throughout New Brunswick and Scotland and his funeral was the largest that the town of St. Andrews had ever seen at that point in the town’s history. The Keay’s family remained in St. Andrews and the Reverend’s grandson was once mayor of the town. The Keay family sold the home in 1950.

Source: St. Andrews Civic Trust – Charlotte County Archives, St. Andrews, NB.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of this Neo-Classical home include:
- rectangular two-storey massing;
- five-bay plan;
- symmetrical window placement;
- 6/6 vertical sliding windows with shutters;
- central entranceway with ornate transom window and sidelights with circular and diamond pattern;
- segmented arch transom window;
- stone foundation;
- plank front;
- side gabled roof with small gable returns.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



Donald D. Morrison

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Charlotte County Archives, 123 Frederick Street, St. Andrews, NB

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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