HTNS Painted Rooms of Nova Scotia

Building Information

Property Name:
The Clockmaker's Inn
Property Type:
Inn
Full Address &
Geographic Location:

1399 King Street Windsor Nova Scotia P.O 3671
Latitude: 44.9793 Longitude: -64.1285
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County:
Kings County
Construction Details:
Construction Date: ??-??-1894 Builder Name: Robert Caravan
Current Owner:
Rick & Debbie Dunham
Public Access:
Yes
Open to guests year-round
Heritage Designation:
Provincial
Reason(s) for Designation:
The property was designated a provincial heritage site on June 16 1996.
Remarks:
The house was built by Robert Caravan for Rufus Curry in 1894. Curry bought the land from local farmer Martin Gay Allison for $4,000. There were two small houses already on the property so Curry hired eight teams of oxen to move them to other parts of the town where they still stand today. The new Curry house was built in the Second Empire (French) style at a cost of $29,000. The house displays many characteristics of the style, including the curved or Mansard roof, symmetrical façade with large entrance tower, and cast iron roof cresting, a detail that survives in few places in Nova Scotia. The house was decorated by popular local painter George Lyons of Falmouth. His style was characterized by rich colours such as deep green, and opulent designs, including stucco work scrolls, morning glories and roses along the tops of walls. On the second-floor in the Sam Slick Room (right front bedroom) George Lyons painted a free-hand wall frieze depicting scenes of the countryside in brown tones. In another second-floor bedroom, The Windsor Room, he created a raised stuccowork border depicting ribbons and bows. These stuccowork ribbons were paired with decorative pink roses and green leaves. The wall above the border has been repainted white and the wall below, originally dark green, has been painted yellow. The flowers themselves have been left untouched. In the main-floor dining room the artist painted another free-hand frieze depicting an opulent scroll motif. To date, what remains of the original work is a framed 2ft. by 3ft. section. The walls inside a main-floor closet contain raised stuccowork scroll designs. It is presumed that the stuccowork once adorned the entire first floor of the home. Unfortunately, the artwork has since been sanded down everywhere but the closet, likely sometime in the last decade. Two small sections of the front wall of the main-floor parlour still have the original green paint and yellow flowers that would have once decorated the entire parlour. Lastly, the ceiling in the entryway houses the painted initials of the home's original owner, Rufus Curry. The intertwined letters are fashioned in decorative scrolling. The current owners, The Dunham Family, bought the house in 2005 and spent two years renovating the home to re-open it as a first class inn. The owners preserved much of the historical integrity of the house, leaving the original woodwork untouched and painting around stuccowork and other painted surfaces.
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Building Photographs

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Exterior view. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 745
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Exterior sign. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 746
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Sam Slick Room, Southwest corner. The painted wall border is 2ft.4" high. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 747
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Sam Slick Room, West wall (left) detail. The West wall is approx. 12ft.9" long. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 748
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Sam Slick Room, West wall. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 749
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Sam Slick Room, West wall (above window). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 750
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Sam Slick Room, West wall (right) detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 751
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Sam Slick Room, Northwest corner. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 752
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Sam Slick Room, North wall. The North wall is approx. 16ft. long. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 753
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Sam Slick Room, North wall (left). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 754
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Sam Slick Room, North wall (left) detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 755
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Sam Slick Room, North wall (above window). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 756
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Sam Slick Room, North wall (right). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 757
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Sam Slick Room, North wall (right) detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 758
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Sam Slick Room, Northeast corner. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 759
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Sam Slick Room, East wall (right). The East wall, which opens to the hallway, is 12ft.9" long. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 760
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Sam Slick Room, East wall (right) detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 761
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Sam Slick Room, East wall. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 762
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Sam Slick Room, East wall (above door). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 763
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Sam Slick Room, Southeast corner (detail). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 764
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Sam Slick Room, South wall. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 765
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Sam Slick Room, South wall (detail). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 766
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Sam Slick Room, Southwest corner (detail). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 767
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Sam Slick Room, South wall. The South wall features a mantel (5ft.) and is approx. 16ft. long. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 768
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Sam Slick Room, South wall (detail). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 769
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Sam Slick Room, South wall (right) detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 770
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Sam Slick Room, Southwest corner detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 771
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Windsor Room, West wall. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 772
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Windsor Room, west wall (left). 12'9" The painted flower bouquets and the stuccowork are original. The white section above the flowers and the yellow below were reccently painted in 2005 by the current owners. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 773
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Windsor Room, Southwest corner. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 774
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Windsor Room, West wall. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 775
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Windsor Room, Northwest corner. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 776
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Windsor Room, North wall. 10'10" Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 777
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Windsor Room, North wall. Bow: 11" wide; from centre of one bow to centre of the next: 35"; top of bow to bottom of ribbon: 18" Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 778
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Windsor Room, North wall (detail). Flowers: 22" wide. The painted flowers are original. Upon closer inspection one can see a different shade of green among the leaves. This was the original colour of the wall below the bouquets. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 779
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Windsor Room, Northeast corner. When the property was converted into an inn ensuite bathrooms had to be added to all the rooms. The present owners were delighted by the painted surfaces in this room and decided to build a low drop ceiling bathroom in order avoid disrupting the painted border. Photograph by Leeann Roy,2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 780
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Windsor Room, East wall. 12'9" Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 781
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Right front parlour, North wall. Photography by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 782
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Front right parlour, north wall. Original floral painting and raised stucco work. This motif would have originally run the length of the entire front parlour. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 783
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Front right parlour (detail). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 784
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Front right parlour (left). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 785
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Front right parlour (left) detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 786
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Rufus Curry in the front parlour in 1930. This photograph shows how the floral painted border and stucco work once adorned the entire front parlour. Photograph courtesy of present inn owners.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 787
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Dining room, East wall. Section of original painted border. The floral border, which once ran the length of the dining room, was painted over almost entirely, by the current owners. A small section of the border, in its best condition, was left exposed and framed in order to allude to the once opulent painted surface. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 788
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Dining Room, East wall. 3'2"x 2'Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 789
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Dining Room, East wall (detail). Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 790
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Main hall closet, South wall. Original stucco work. Similar stuccowork would have been present all throughout the house. Unfortunately, most of the raised plaster work was sanded down. The main hall closet features the only remaining example of the lavish stuccowork that would have adorned most of the first floor. Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 791
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Main hall closet, South wall. Photography by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 792
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Front entrance, Rufus Curry's initials. 3'9"x 1'4" Photograph by Leeann Roy, 2009.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 793
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Rufus Curry.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 794
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Rufus Curry in the garden.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 795
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Old photographs of the property.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 796
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The two houses that were on the lot when Curry bought the property.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 797
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George Lyon's signature.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 798
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For sale ad in the newspaper.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 799
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Previous owners' brochure.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 800
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Current brochure, p1.
Building ID: 105
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Current brochure, p2.
Building ID: 105
Image ID: 802
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Building Ownership

Owner Name:
Dennis & Veronica Connelly
Occupation:

Dates:
From: ??-??-1978 to ??-??-2005
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Owner Name:
Rufus Curry
Occupation:

Dates:
From: ??-??-1894 to ??-??-1946
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Owner Name:
Charles Clarke
Occupation:

Dates:
From: ??-??-1946 to ??-??-1948
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Owner Name:
Ida Best
Occupation:

Dates:
From: ??-??-1948 to ??-??-1949
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Owner Name:
Elizabeth Turner
Occupation:

Dates:
From: ??-??-1949 to ??-??-1956
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Owner Name:
David & Esther Albon
Occupation:

Dates:
From: ??-??-1956 to ??-??-1978
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Owner Name:
Rick & Debbie Dunham
Occupation:

Dates:
From: ??-??-2005 to ??-??-
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Decorated Rooms

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Building Plans

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Floor plan - Main floor
Main floor plan. Painted surfaces are represented in red.
Plan ID: 25
Plan Date: ??-??-2009
Building ID: 105
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Floor plan - Second Floor
Second floor plan. Painted surfaces are represented in red.
Plan ID: 26
Plan Date: ??-??-2009
Building ID: 105
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Additional Information

Document Title
Heritage Plaque Unveiling
Author:
Department of Municipal Affairs - Sandy Jolly, Minister of housing and Municipal Affairs
Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
10-06-1996
Document Type:
Report
File Name/URL:
Info157.jpg
Comments:
Letter addressed to Dennis and Veronica Connely from the minister of housing and municipal affairs.

Document Title
Curry family tree
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Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
Unknown
Document Type:
Report
File Name/URL:
Info159.jpg
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Document Title
Notification of Heritage Designation Status - page 1
Author:
Department of Municipal Affairs
Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
11-08-1995
Document Type:
Report
File Name/URL:
Info175.jpg
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Document Title
Notification of Heritage Designation Status - page 2
Author:
Department of Municipal Affairs
Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
11-08-1995
Document Type:
Report
File Name/URL:
Info176.2)
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Document Title
Rufus Curry's Will - Page 1
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Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
22-11-1929
Document Type:
Report
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Info177.jpg
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Document Title
Rufus Curry's Will - Page 2
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Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
22-11-1929
Document Type:
Report
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Info178.jpg
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Document Title
Rufus Curry's Will - Page 3
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Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
22-11-1929
Document Type:
Report
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Info179.jpg
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Document Title
Rufus Curry's Will - Page 4
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Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
22-11-1929
Document Type:
Report
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Info180.jpg
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Document Title
Rufus Curry's Revised Will - Page 1
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Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
25-10-1932
Document Type:
Report
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Info181.jpg
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Document Title
Rufus Curry's Revised Will - Page 2
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Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
25-10-1932
Document Type:
Report
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Info184.jpg
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Document Title
Rufus Curry's Revised Will - Page 3
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Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
25-10-1932
Document Type:
Report
File Name/URL:
Info185.jpg
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Document Title
Death notice - Rufus Curry
Author:
Local Newspaper
Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
??-??-1934
Document Type:
Newspaper
File Name/URL:
Info158.jpg
Comments:
Rufus Curry's death notice in the local newspaper.

Document Title
Street and Property map
Author:
West Hants Historical Society
Publisher:
Unknown
Date:
31-03-1989
Document Type:
Map
File Name/URL:
Info160.jpg
Comments:
Hand drawn map of the properties and owners along King St. Windsor, NS.

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