Presentation of Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia Built Heritage Awards

February 15, 2010
3:00 – 5:00 PM  (Presentations begin – 3:30 pm) Reception to follow
Location : Halifax City Hall (Halifax Hall) Argyle St. Halifax


Award Recipients

Dominion Public Building Tower Restoration Project
1713 Bedford Row, Halifax, N.S.

The Dominion Public Building  was erected in 1936 in downtown Halifax and for many years dominated the Halifax skyline. Its design was influenced by the Art Deco style. It is characterized by symmetry and balance and contains many decorative elements on its sandstone exterior.  It was designated as a registered heritage building in 1990. Public Works and Government Services Canada completed a renovation of the interior of the building in 1992. In 2007 a two year project began to restore the tower on the building. Quality workmanship and attention to detail by a Nova Scotia company resulted in the careful removal, restoration and precise reinstallation  of over 2000 stone units and replacement of some 140,000 specially manufactured bricks as well as replacement of the copper cladded dome back to its original details. The $ 9 million project conformed in all respects to the Standards and Guidelines for the Restoration of Historic Buildings.


Gardiner's Mill Dam Restoration Project
Gardiner’s Mill Lake, Yarmouth Co., N.S.

The Gardiner’s Mill Dam was constructed prior to 1855 to provide a water powered energy system for a saw mill on the banks of the Annis River. In 1937, the mill, the dam and nearly 3000 acres of land were purchased by two sisters who were heirs of the Johnson and Johnson Co, in the U.S. In 1937, the sisters embarked on a reconstruction project, completely restoring the dam and naming the lake, Sisters’ Lake. Formation of the lake created a vibrant cottage community on its shores.

The present owners of the dam maintained it until 2004 when the wooden center of the dam failed, causing the lake to empty.  In return for its restoration and maintenance the owners have agreed to deed the dam to the local Gardiner’s Mill Dam Homeowners’ Association.  The dam was completely restored in 2009 and the lake replenished. Provincial designation of the dam is being sought.