The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia was formed in 1959 in response to the proposed demolition of Enos Collins' Halifax House Gorsebrook, an outstanding Georgian-style home that stood on the site of today's Saint Mary's University hockey rink (see photo above right). Those who formed the Trust were determined to arrest the random decimation of Nova Scotia's built heritage.

About the Trust

Purpose of the Society

The object of the society is to promote, foster and encourage interest in and preservation of buildings and sites of an historic, architectural and cultural nature within Nova Scotia and to acquire and preserve buildings and sites which are appropriate to this. To effect such purposes we will:

  1. Advance the public knowledge of the historical and architectural importance of heritage buildings and sites in Nova Scotia by conducting research in this matter and by disseminating the results of such research;

  2. Educate the public about the value and the conservation of Nova Scotia's built heritage and historic places through workshops, publications and lectures;

  3. Acquire, preserve and protect buildings and sites which are recognized as historical sites by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Parks Canada or an appropriate provincial or municipal authority;

  4. Gift funds to qualified donees, as described in subsection 149.1 (1) of the Income Tax Act, to advance knowledge of or preservation of buildings and sites of historical significance.

Our History - Founded 1959

Since 1959, the Trust has fought to save some of the most architecturally and historically significant structures in the province. These include the stone warehouses on the Halifax waterfront which are now Historic Properties, the Lent House in Freeport, the Carleton Hotel in Halifax, and numerous others.

The Trust has also promoted the need for heritage preservation legislation in Nova Scotia, and provides input on legislative policy at the municipal and provincial levels. Through research reports, the Trust has facilitated heritage designation of more than 100 buildings throughout the province.

The Trust’s very active Board of Directors depends on and maintains contact with its members throughout Nova Scotia and beyond. The Trust maintains a small but growing reference library of materials on historic architecture in Nova Scotia.