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- Historic Halifax Streetscapes

then and now, V.1 - Three walking tours

by (author) Barbara DeLory

photographs by Damian Lidgard & Francis Mitchell

edited by Anne Curry

cover design or artwork by Janet Soley

foreword by David Garrett

New World Publishing (Canada)
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
Recommended Age
15 to 18
Recommended Grade
10 to 12
Recommended Reading age
15 to 18
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    Oct 2016
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DESCRIPTION: This pocket-sized handbook Historic Halifax Streetscapes, contains 103 essays and 126 photos of historical structures: personal residences, iconic businesses and selected landmarks in downtown Halifax. The architecture, historical past, contemporary usage and possible future are discussed. Designed for three tours, with detailed walking maps and clear directions, but do what is comfortable in a day’s outing - make it an enjoyable experience. It is a companion to Three Centuries of Public Art, a coffee-table publication covering the public art, sculpture and monuments of the entire expanded city on both sides of the harbour, as well as those in suburban and rural communities in HRM from the Eastern Shore to the Aspotogan.

About the authors

Barbara DeLory's profile page

Damian Lidgard is a zoologist and wildlife photographer who has been visiting Sable Island yearly since 1997. His photography has won awards, been featured in several publications, including the French magazine Thalassa, and has been exhibited at a number of art galleries. Visit him at

Damian Lidgard's profile page

Anne Curry's profile page

Janet Soley's profile page

Francis Mitchell's profile page

David Garrett's profile page

Excerpt: - Historic Halifax Streetscapes: then and now, V.1 - Three walking tours (by (author) Barbara DeLory; photographs by Damian Lidgard & Francis Mitchell; edited by Anne Curry; cover design or artwork by Janet Soley; foreword by David Garrett)


During the latter decades of the Twentieth Century, efforts to identify and conserve heritage buildings in Canada and elsewhere in North America

broadened in view. Instead of focusing almost exclusively on individual

buildings, the obvious monuments from the past, attention began to include groupings of buildings: streetscapes, districts, and in many cases entire towns. When taken together, these groupings of buildings create a unique and compelling sense of place, a fabric which may be of a particular style or era, or which may include many diverse building types, styles, and ranges of expression spanning decades or longer. The streets of downtown Halifax form such a rich and diverse collection of buildings. The American architectural historian, Roy Eugene Graham, who was influential in the establishment of Lunenburg as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, commented on walking Barrington Street in Halifax that it was a “catalogue of buildings.” It includes examples of architectural styles and building types from the earliest days of Halifax to the present. It is now Halifax’s first heritage district. Barrington Street is also one of the Halifax streets examined in this broadly- focused, well-researched, sharp-eyed, and charmingly written book. It discusses the buildings and streetscapes of the prominent streets in downtown Halifax in rich architectural and historical detail. It is unique and deserves credit among the many fine previously published books on the architecture of Halifax for looking beyond individual buildings, styles, eras, and types to examine diverse groupings of buildings on multiple streetscapes. The reader will find a perceptive and illuminating description of the modern and popular new Halifax Public Library, as well as discussions of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century venerable institutional buildings which are its neighbours on Spring Garden Road. This wholistic view, combined with careful research and documentation, will be of benefit to architects and planners to more fully understand the fabric of these streets where change continues to happen. It will also, and perhaps more importantly, be informative and enjoyable to the many Haligonians who walk the streets of downtown Halifax daily and wish to expand their understanding and appreciation of the rich built environment they experience.

David F. Garrett, Architect Member, Nova Scotia Association of Architects

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