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Barbara DeLory

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- Historic Halifax Streetscapes

- Historic Halifax Streetscapes

then and now, V.1 - Three walking tours
edited by Anne Curry
by Barbara DeLory
foreword by David Garrett
photographs by Francis Mitchell & Damian Lidgard
cover design or artwork by Janet Soley
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FOREWORD

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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- Three Centuries of Public ART

- Three Centuries of Public ART

Historic Halifax Regional Municiplity
photographs by Barbara DeLory; Gary Castle & Andrea Johnson
edited by Francis Mitchell
illustrated by Janet Soley
guest editor Virginia Houston
foreword by Sandra Alfoldy
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Three Centuries of Public ART Then look across the square to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, the oldest public building in Halifax (andoldest Protestant church in Canada), founded in 1750, although the steeple was added in 1812 and the side wings in 1868; the Fallen Peace Officer’s Memorial, dedicated in 2010 and described in greater detail inthis essay; the massive flagpole standing in front of City Hall for over 60 years. It was a gift of the CPR to his worship, Mayor ‘Gee’ Ahern, in September, 1947; it is used on many ceremonial occasions, but always flies the red maple leaf of Canada; and finally the ‘electrical box’ paintings, two of which are found here (The Poetry Box and Downtown Dusk Walk ) and described near the end of this chapter on Halifax Centre.It also contains many benches on which to sit or picnic in this serene setting just beyond the bustle of Barrington Street at noon.

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