Inventory of Heritage Properties

The goal of this project was to identify significant, unregistered built heritage resources located within the Municipality, excluding those within the Maitland Heritage Conservation District. Built heritage resources do not have to be registered to be important to the rich history of the Municipality. An inventory of unregistered heritage assets:


  • Recognizes properties of heritage value or interest in the community;
  • Enhances knowledge and understanding of the community’s cultural heritage resources; and
  • Provides a database of properties of cultural heritage value or interest for planners, property owners, developers, the tourism industry, educators and the general public.


The first step of this project primarily considered the age of structures to identify historical value. The cutoff construction year was 1931 (with exception given to some newer structures that have been deemed architectural significance). This break represents a shift in home construction from local builders to more mass market production. Municipal Staff identified 454 properties with potential heritage value based on the properties’ year built. However, age is not the sole criteria of heritage value. The next steps in evaluating properties for heritage value include determining the architectural significance of the property as well as any historical or contextual value locally, provincially or nationally.  Municipal Staff have reviewed the list of properties for architectural significance and have identified that of the 454 properties almost 200 have some architectural significance.


The next step is to contact the owners of the properties identified through the heritage inventory project.  Owners are under no obligation to register their property and no pressure will be placed on the property owner to pursue heritage property registration.  If a property owner is interested in investigating heritage registration municipal staff will review the property using a set of criteria for Heritage Buildings.



Summary of Inventory Findings

The majority of the properties found in this inventory were built between 1881 and 1931.  Figure 1 shows the distribution of property year built in the inventory. There is a clustering of heritage assets along the Noel Shore, in Shubenacadie and in Milford.  The map  shows the geographic distribution of the identified potential heritage properties.



Figure 1



A variety of architectural styles are identified in the inventory. The most prevalent are Classical Revival, Greek Revival, Four Square, Modified Gothic and Queen Anne Revival. Examples of these styles are below.




Classical Revival

  • Steeply pitched gable or salt-box roof with hand split shingles.
  • One and a half or two storey wood construction.
  • Central doorway with symmetrical 3 or 5 bay façade.




Greek Revival

  • Medium or steeply pitched gable.
  • Off centre doorway.
  • No Dormers.




Four Square

  • Steeply pitched hip roof.
  • Usually two storey wood construction.
  • Symmetrical square construction.




Modified Gothic

  • Steeply pitched gable roof with L plan.
  • Two or more steeply pitched pointed dormers with plate glass windows.
  • Chimney at peak, discreetly placed.




Queen Ann Revival

  • Steeply pitched hip roof often with round corner towers.
  • Usually two or more stories, with a variety of textures and materials usually expressed in wood construction.



Second Empire

  • Steeply pitched mansard roodf often with one or more square or polygonal projecting towers.
  • Usually two or three storey, wood or stone construction with dramatized details.
  • Centered doorway, symmetrical 3 or 5 bay façade.
  • May have two or more dormers, often breaking through eavelines
  • Chimneys discreetly placed.




If you are interested in learning more about the Heritage Inventory Project please contact Rachel Gilbert, Heritage Coordinator via email at or by calling 902-883-7098 x 122. To register your property as a heritage property, download and fill out the Heritage Property Registration Form


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