Nova Scotia Archives

Built Heritage Resource Guide

Architectural Plans

Maud Rosinski's book, Architects of Nova Scotia: a biographical dictionary, 1605-1950 [NA 60/ C3/ R68/ 1994] features biographies of prominent architects, identifies their major projects, and offers a good starting point for researching the province's architectural heritage. Very few 18th or 19th century Nova Scotian houses, however, were designed by formally-trained architects; most were instead built by knowledgeable carpenters. In fact, NSARM holds architectural plans for only twenty residences built prior to 1900, and ten of these date from the 1890s.

Researchers at NSARM can explore architectural records from several different directions. Searching the Maps and Architectural Plans Card Catalogue under the heading 'Building Type' will yield information for specific categories of buildings — Residence, Church, School, Hospital, etc. — although the index to projects is only partial. Finding aids listing surviving archival records from individual architects and their firms are also available; specific projects are listed in chronological order, with retrieval numbers.

The City of Halifax Collection includes architectural plans for various architects working locally; the projects are listed in six separate finding-aid binders. This collection is being transferred to the Halifax Regional Municipal Archives and researchers should therefore consult with NSARM staff to determine the current location of the records they are interested in studying.

This Built Heritage Resource Guide is unusually rich in the information given in the Note Areas accompanying most images. So... when you scan down the pages, be sure to click on the thumbnails so that you can enlarge and explore the images, plus read the extra details provided beneath each.

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"Residence, Young Avenue, for Geo. Wright, Esq." 
Date: 31 October 1902
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Architectural Plans: 1.3.7.11

Topic: Architectural Plans
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A.A. Thompson Residence, Black Street, Halifax 
Date: 1908
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Architectural Plans: 1.2.18.8

Topic: Architectural Plans
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House Design 
Date: 1909
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Architectural Plans: 1.2.18.10

Topic: Architectural Plans
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