HTNS Painted Rooms of Nova Scotia

Building Information

Property Name:
Young House
Property Type:
Private Residence
Location:
Lunenburg Nova Scotia
County:
Lunenburg County
Construction Details:
Construction Date: ??-??-1876 Builder Name: Alexander Silver Senior
Current Owner:
Mr. and Mrs. Coolen
Public Access:
no
Heritage Designation:
Municipal
Reason(s) for Designation:
Municipal Heritage designation was awarded in June 2001.
Remarks:
The late Victorian home was built in 1876 by Alexander Silver Senior. It is speculated that the house may have been constructed as a wedding gift for Mr. Silver's son. Nevertheless, for the next 34 years or so the home would see many different owners. In 1912, Foster and Margaret Young, grandparents of current owner Mrs. Margaret Coolen, acquired the property. The house was later passed on to William and Annis Zink, aunt and uncle of Mrs. Margaret Coolen. In 1967 Mrs. Coolen's father, Fredrick Young, inherited the property and in 1992 the home was passed on to the current owner, Mrs. Margaret Coolen. As a result of a few years of vacancy the home suffered natural damages and decay. In 1998, Mrs. Coolen and her daughter, Julie-Jayne Coolen, began undertaking restorative tasks in order to preserve the home. Julie-Jayne was a trained artist and as such, she personally shouldered the responsibility of artistic restoration and re-creation. The pair successfully restored most of the home with the assistance of Mr. Allen Penny, a historical architect based at the Dalhousie University. Workers from John Ramsland Construction Ltd. Dayspring, NS were also hired to help. The kitchen, the lady's parlour, the office and the entire second floor were skilfully restored and renovated. To date they maintain the structural and historical integrity of the late Victorian period. The colour palettes are appropriate to the era and the wallpaper and stencil designs are all based on Victorian motifs. In 2001, Mrs. Coolen and her daughter received and honourable mention (second place) in the Historical Restoration category of the Nova Scotia Home Awards competition. To date, only the front parlour and the front hall retain their original painted surfaces. It should be noted that the small late Victorian home also features some interesting architectural elements such as an enclosed quarter-turn staircase complete with coffin door, bi-fold panel doors and a raised sitting area in the second storey five- sided Scottish dormer.
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Building Photographs

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Exterior view of home - 2008. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 225
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Dining Room - South wall. The painted wood graining on the baseboards and doors are all original. The walls have been re-plastered in damaged areas and painted anew in a terracotta hue that closely resembles the original colour of the walls. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 226
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Dining Room - West wall. Wood grained door. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 227
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Dining Room - North West corner. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 228
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Dining Room - North wall. Bi-fold doors. Original wood grain. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 229
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Dining Room - North wall. Detail of wood grain on bi-fold doors. The painted panels on the doors are also original. They showcase a mixuture of wood graining techniques paired with a bird's eye motif. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 230
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Dining Room - North East corner. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 231
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Dining Room - East wall. Original shelf. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 232
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Dining Room - East wall. Wood grained door. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 233
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Dining Room - South East corner. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 234
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Front hall - South wall. Original wood grained door. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 235
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Front hall - South wall. Detail of wood grained door. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 236
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Front hall - West wall. Wood grained door. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 237
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Front hall - West wall. Wood grained door detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 238
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Front hall - North wall. Wood grained door with original pattern frosted glass. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 239
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Front hall - North wall. Wood grain detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 240
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Front hall - East wall. Wood grained door. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 241
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Front hall - East wall. Wood grain detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 242
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Kitchen - South East corner. Painted anew (1999-2001) to correspond with the adjoining dining room. Artist Julie-Jayne Coolen cut her own combs in order to create historically acurate wood graining. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 243
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Kitchen - South West corner. Painted anew (1999-2001) to correspond with the adjoining dining room. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 244
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Office - North East corner. The newly painted wall frieze depicts the artist's favorite historical paintings. Here a rendition of Botticelli's Primavera can be recognized. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 245
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Office - East wall detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 246
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Office - South wall detail. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 247
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Office - West wall detail. Depiction of Botticelli's Birth of Venus. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 248
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Second floor - Stairs. North wall - original coffin door. In the 19th century funeral processions took place in the home. This coffin door made it possible to to maneuver a casket to the second floor. Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 249
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Author: LeeannRoy

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Second floor - South wall. Five sided scottish dormer. The painted trompe oeil paneling is not original (c. 2000) Photograph by Leeann Roy (2008).
Building ID: 34
Image ID: 250
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Author: Leeann Roy

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Building Ownership

Owner Name:
Mr. and Mrs. Coolen
Occupation:

Dates:
From: ??-??-1992 to ??-??-
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Owner Name:
William and Annis Zink
Occupation:

Dates:
From: Unknown to Unknown
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Owner Name:
Foster and Margaret Young
Occupation:

Dates:
From: ??-??-1912 to Unknown
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Owner Name:
Frederick Young
Occupation:

Dates:
From: ??-??-1967 to ??-??-1992
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Decorated Rooms

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Building Plans

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House plan.
Plan ID: 12
Plan Date: ??-??-2008
Building ID: 34
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Additional Information

Document Title
Additional Photo Documentation
Author:
Leeann Roy
Publisher:
Leeann Roy
Date:
??-??-2008
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Comments:
Start menu - Pictures - Painted Rooms, Lunenburg, NS. This folder contains original and resized photographs of the Young House. All the photos have also been copied to a CD entitled Painted Rooms 2008 - Photo Documentation CD 2. The CD should remain in the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia office.

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