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George Gracie House

36 Dock Street, Shelburne, Nouvelle-Écosse, B0T, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1989/06/16

George Gracie House, Side Perspective, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Side Perspective
George Gracie House and Guest House, Side Elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Side Elevation
George Gracie House and Guest House, Rear Perspective, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Rear Perspective

Autre nom(s)

George Gracie House
Cooper's Inn

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction

1780/01/01 à 1800/01/01

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2005/03/01

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

George Gracie House is a late eighteenth century, two storey, three bay façade, Georgian style house with Italianate influences. The house, and the adjoining guest house, sit directly on Dock Street overlooking the harbour in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. The house, guest house, and surrounding property are included in the heritage designation.

Valeur patrimoniale

George Gracie House is valued for its association with George Gracie, a merchant, ship owner and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia. Gracie emigrated from Scotland to Boston prior to the American Revolution. Following the outbreak of the Revolution, he came to Nova Scotia, as did many Americans who supported the British monarchy, and settled in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, where he built this home. Gracie was one of only a few Loyalist merchants and ship-owners to survive a severe economic decline and depopulation of Shelburne that occurred from the late 1780’s onwards. He proved to be successful as a West Indian trader in peacetime, and in wartime, was the co-owner of the privateer “Nelson.”

The George Gracie House is also valued architecturally as a Georgian style house with Italianate influences. Built in the late eighteenth century, the house served the Gracie family both as their residence and, as was common in that day, a store. The house and carriage house have undergone some renovations and presently both are operated as a bed and breakfast.

Source: Notice of Registration of Property as a Provincial Heritage Property, Provincial Property Heritage File no. 99.

Éléments caractéristiques

Character-defining elements of the George Gracie House include:

- smooth-looking shingled exterior;
- granite foundation;
- all features of the Georgian style including: steeply pitched hip roof; three bay symmetrical façade; two-quarter inset chimneys; molded trim and a four light transom surrounding front door; six-over-six and four-over-four paned windows, and front shutters; two storey bay window with molded trim framing the upstairs of the bay.
- all features of the Italianate Style including: deep eave overhang and support brackets around the house including the decorative support brackets under the overhang of the two storey bay window; bracketed hoods over windows; widow’s walk.
Character-defining elements of the Guest House include:

- smooth-looking wood shingled exterior;
- steeply pitched gable roof.




Autorité de reconnaissance

Province de la Nouvelle-Écosse

Loi habilitante

Heritage Property Act

Type de reconnaissance

Bien inscrit au répertoire provincial

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires
Un territoire à peupler
Les établissements

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Commerce / Services commerciaux
Hôtel, motel ou auberge


Commerce / Services commerciaux
Magasin ou commerce de vente au détail
Logement unifamilial

Architecte / Concepteur




Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Provincial Registry found at Heritage Property Program, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS B3H 3A6

Réfère à une collection

Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




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