Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sea Captain's Buildings in Lunenburg, NS

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Old Lunenburg has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over 400 buildings are part of the designated area, an exceptionally well preserved example of a North American colonial settlement.
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Distinctive Dormer Windows
The building that best illustrates Lunenburg's distinctive style is the Morash house at 55 Montague Street. But there are many more in and around Lunenburg that display the "Sea Captain's Style".  It was built in 1876 and features Lunenburg's famous dormer windows, which are larger and finer than traditional dormers, attributed to Joseph and Salomon Morash.  Some dormer windows (called "bumps" by locals) covered two stories while others opened on to nearly a whole room.
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Greek Revival style
Captain William Boehner House consist of elements of the Greek Revival style and other elements of Victorian architectural fashion, including: 


  • the location of the house at the street line with a large back yard 
  • all elements derived from the Greek Revival style, including symmetrical windows, hipped roof, the decorative entrance with an ornately trimmed and bracketed front porch, transom and sidelight windows on the front door, and decorative bracketing at the corner boards and the eaves; 
  • all elements of Victorian ornamentation, including the bracketing connecting the windows and the eaves on all facades, the period picture window with six small upper lights on the front fa├žade, and a side bay. .

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Same Color as Fishermen's Boats
Other buildings in town have elements, derived from the Second Empire style. Most of Lunenburg's handsome residences are painted in the same colors as the fishermen's boats and some of their architectural features illustrate superstitions attributed to seamen.

Read more about the fascinating Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, on 96 pages in Brian Cuthbertson's LUNENBURG THEN AND NOW

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In this full-color book, historian and heritage expert Brian Cuthbertson takes his readers on a tour of the old town, examining the charm of its landmark buildings such as the Lunenburg Academy, and the eclectic blend of old and new on its iconic waterfront. Cuthbertson outlines the town's history, from its founding in 1753 by a group of German Lutherans and French-speaking Calvinists, chiefly farmers and tradesmen. He follows the course of economic growth in the fisheries, including the famous Grand Banks fishery and the building of the fastest, most famous and beautiful working schooner of them all, Bluenose. He tracks the town's enduring traditions and continuing prosperity today.
Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs and historical visuals, LUNENBURG THEN AND NOW is an exciting tour of one of Canada's most distinctive and fascinating towns.
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