Halifax Drill Hall

Drawings from Canadian Architect and Builder, Feb 1897 showcasing the new building to the rest of Canada. The Halifax Drill Hall was built in 1895, to a design by Thomas Fuller, the Chief Architect with theB department of public works in Ottawa. It was one of the first buildings in Canada to make use of…Read More

Canada Permanent Building

Canada Permanent Building, built in 1961-1962, Was designed by Charles A. Fowler and Jamie Macdonald. It is Significant because it was Halifax' s First Completed Curtain Wall Structure. A curtain wall is an exterior wall that is hung from the…Read More

RNSYS Summer clubhouse

Summer Club House for the "Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron," Halifax, Designed by the firm of Edward & Webster of Toronto.     From Canadian Architect and Builder 1889, Issue 9: This little building, though intendeded for summer use only, is very substanially built. the material is frame on foundation of brick piers. the exterior…Read More

Is Barrington Street a Typo?

Could it be, that the main street running through the heart of Halifax, may have been the victim of a typo? When Halifax was founded, Streets were named after British Statesmen. There was no Barrington in 1749 prominanate enough to have a street named after them. There was the Earl of Harrington however. - He…Read More

St George, the Round Church

St George's Church, Also known as the round church, when built in 1800 was completly circular. This was the first round building in North America, though the type was well known in England. the Design is Credited to John Merrick, though it may have been copied from the 1728 "Book of Architecture" by James Gibbs, and…Read More

Government House

Built in 1800 by Governor Sir John Wentworth, this is the third Government House. Wentworth succeeded in convincing the Legislature that the second Government House was in poor condition and had been quickly built of poor materials. The Legislature agreed and the current Government House began construction in 1800. The house was designed by Isaac…Read More

Black-Binney House

This Georgian style house was built by Merchant and legislative assembly member John Black, between 1815 and 1819. It Features a 5 bay facade, Massive chimneys at either end, And dormer windows in the attic. These Features, as well as the central panneled door, 6 panel dormer windows and larger 12 panel windows are comon…Read More

Bank of Nova Scotia

The Bank of Nova Scotia was founded in 1832 to compete directly with the Merchants bank of Halifax. Its first branch was located in John Romans's building at the Corner of Duke and Granville Streets. By 1836, the bank had…Read More


Built Halifax will be my attempt at documenting the built environment in Halifax, within a historical context. Posts will be less frequent, but should be more detailed. As now i have several posts partially complete, and they will be released once suitably researched. This Blog will also serve to exercise my Degree in the History…Read More