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Lunenburg by the Sea


Hearth and Home

Lunenburg is now internationally renowned for the survival and preservation of its distinctive domestic architecture. Visitors have long been impressed with the diversity of the community's individual buildings, which collectively form harmonious streetscapes and give the town much of its unique charm and appeal. Moorsom, writing nearly two centuries ago, was eloquent in his praise of the streetscapes and the tapestry of colour which have survived to the present day:

     ...every householder, from highest to lowest, appears to possess the means of keeping his tenement in repair and good order: a fact by no means too prevalent in other places. The houses are almost all of wood, constructed with a view to comfort rather than to appearance. A whimsical taste has introduced the custom of painting the exterior white, red, pink and even green, which, on approaching from a distance, raised up before my imagination the original of the little Dutch toys I remember, as a child....

Lunenburg's varied architecture includes examples of Cape Cod style, Neo-Classical (Georgian), Scottish (with five-sided Scottish dormers), Gothic Revival, Second Empire, Queen Anne Revival, Four Square and the modern bungalow. Allen Penney, writing in Houses of Nova Scotia (1989) has identified the town's most recognizable style as the 'Lunenburg House' — a ubiquitous design affectionately known to locals as the 'Lunenburg Bump'. Inspired by the five-sided Scottish dormer, local builders took this architectural detail one step further by extending the central dormer out and down from the roof, thereby creating an overhang or 'bump' above the main entrance.

While nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photographs of Lunenburg houses and streetscapes are fairly common, interior views are less frequently encountered. Nevertheless, photographers moved indoors on occasion and some delightful images of parlours, Christmas trees and period decor have survived.


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Rose Cottage, Lincoln Street
Reference no.: Elizabeth Owen Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Places: Lunenburg: Houses: Rose Cottage

Theme: Hearth and Home

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Estimate for painting St. John's Anglican Rectory
Date: 14 April 1887
Creator: Alpheus Veinot
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives MG 100 vol. 180 no. 6b

Theme: Hearth and Home

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Invoice for wallpaper for St. John's Anglican Rectory
Date: 29 July 1887
Creator: John Lindsay
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives MG 100 vol. 180 no. 6h

Theme: Hearth and Home

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80/82 Pelham Street
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Bailly Family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-562 no. 18 / negative no. FP/DN1426

Theme: Hearth and Home

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Residence with snow banks
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Bailly Family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-562 no. 35 / negative no. FP/DN1377

Theme: Hearth and Home

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215 Pelham Street
Date: 1890
Reference no.: Bailly Family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-562 no. 20 / negative no. FP/DN1424

Theme: Hearth and Home

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138 Pelham Street
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Bailly Family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-562 no. 25 / negative no. FP/DN1333

Theme: Hearth and Home

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6 Archibald Street
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: A. Silver Nova Scotia Archives no. 57

Theme: Hearth and Home

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Unidentified house on Montague Street with family and baby carriage
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Bailly Family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-562 no. 19 / negative no. FP/ON1425

Theme: Hearth and Home

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Home interior with 'Good Luck' horseshoe on door
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Bailly Family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-562 no. 90 / negative no. FP/DN1407

Theme: Hearth and Home

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Interior of parlour, with family group
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Bailly Family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-562 no. 130 / negative no. FP/DN1395

Theme: Hearth and Home

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Interior of parlour
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Bailly Family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-562 no. 91 / negative no. N-8392

Theme: Hearth and Home

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Home interior with decorated Christmas tree
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Bailly Family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-562 no. 86 / negative no. N-8393

Theme: Hearth and Home

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John B. Young residence, Falkland Street
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Bailly Family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-562 no. 23 / negative no. FP/DN1423

Theme: Hearth and Home

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Henry Freeman Zwicker in Bertha Silver's House
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: A. Silver Nova Scotia Archives no. 52

Theme: Hearth and Home
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