Friday, January 25, 2013

Founded Upon A Rock

The book, "Founded Upon A Rock" is sub-titled "Historic Buildings in Halifax and Vicinity, Standing in 1967".  Produced by the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, my copy is from the seventh printing, produced in 1975.  Sadly, in the intervening eight years, four of these historic buildings had already been destroyed.

I love the marvellous, colourful architecture that can be found in this historic city.  In an effort to see these important buildings for myself, I created a map of Halifax with all the places cited in the book marked with the appropriate page number from the book.

Today, between the Lunch Bunch choir and an evening concert with a different choir, I had several hours to kill.  I am happy to report that the hours were killed productively and I located all six of the homes displayed on the section of map shown above.

Fernwood - 700 Francklyn Street - #94 on the map

While searching for some of the marvellous buildings from this book, I stopped to capture other striking dwellings that for some reason had been omitted.

This impressive home is located on the busy corner of Inglis and Tower Road.  How would you like to live in a round room with all those wonderful windows ?

I love the blue paint job, and the contrasting pointed detail on this home.

This building, marked as #72 on the map, is called The Bower.  A large hedge prevented me from getting a good photo of it from the front.

Built around 1790 it has been greatly added to over the years, as demonstrated by the lower photo from the 1860's.

Six down, only 67 more to go.


  1. These are all so beautiful Sybil. I can just imagine what's involved in just the exterior maintenance of these buildings. Tourism is big business in Halifax and these are worth keeping and maintaining just for the sake of eye candy.

  2. I love the term "eye candy". They are such a feast for the eyes. There was nothing like this back in my old home in Peterborough, Ontario.

  3. I think Fernwood is my pick out of the houses featured today. Will you be showing us more in time Sybil? I absolutely love historical buildings! We have so few "old" buildings in our area. The oldest churches I have located are not even 100 years old yet and I have read stories of so many make-do buildings that were knoocked down and rebuilt. Nova Scotia is looking as fabulous as I had imaginged it would. Joanne. :)

  4. Joanne, I sure will. When I found Fernwood, it was at the end of a long driveway, with big open iron gates that said "Private". But I saw that there was more than one house down the lane so cheeky me drove down it and got my shot. That'll teach 'em to live in an historic house ! It is lovely isn't it.

  5. I love old houses like these. I wonder how they furnished the rooms in the house with the round windows?
    Through you I'm learning that Halifax isn't just beautiful and old it's also historic.

    1. Ah Rosie that's a good question. I'd fill the room with plants to comfort me in the long winter.
      Halifax is an interesting city. I'm glad you're enjoying learning with me. Don't forget that I only moved here three years ago so this is all new to me too.

  6. Just wanted to thank you - somewhat belatedly - for visiting my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I can see that we have old buildings and dogs in common although, sadly, I am the world's worst gardener, so I admire your green fingers. My own old house is almost 300 years old, or maybe even older; I love it dearly but it is a nightmare to maintain - unless one has bucketloads of spare cash!

    1. I love gardening but have not idea what I'm doing. How wonderful that you live in such an old house -- 300 years ! WOW.


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