Sackville Heritage Board benefits from new Heritage Architecture Style Guide

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The Joseph F. Allison House, now the Fawcett Professional Centre, at 131 Main Street, is one of Sackville’s better know heritage buildings.

The Sackville Heritage Board has recently developed a Style Guide to the Heritage Architecture of Sackville, which is now freely available on the Heritage Board page of the Town website (, in the Sackville Library, and was recently showcased on Heritage Day.

The Guide will be of broad interest to anyone with an interest in the architecture of the community, and of particular interest to property owners in the two Heritage Conservation Areas (HCAs). The Guide highlights the 10 most common heritage architecture styles in Sackville’s HCAs. It includes a brief history and the defining characteristics of each architectural style, plus full colour photographs of sample buildings throughout the Town.

The Georgian Architectural Style (1720-1840) for example, developed from the simplification of classical Italian Renaissance Architecture; Georgian-style buildings are typically characterised by symmetrical structural massing centred on a formal entrance, and often have dormer windows.

The Joseph F. Allison House (now the Fawcett Professional Centre) at 131 Main Street and the Edward Cogswell House at 131 Bridge Street are two beautiful heritage buildings in the Georgian Style.

The impetus to commission this Style Guide came out of a Heritage Conservation Workshop with Jim Bezanson, (former) Heritage Development Officer with the City of Saint John, held at the Sackville Visitor Centre over a year ago.

Bezanson recommended a number of initiatives to improve the Board’s ability to fulfil its mandate to preserve the heritage architecture within Sackville’s two HCAs, including development of an architectural handbook.

Bezanson also advised that the Board should update the set of Character Defining Elements for all of Sackville’s heritage properties.  The Character Defining Elements (CDEs) are the essential features that characterise each type of architectural style, as exhibited by each heritage building in question.

The Heritage Board, with funding from the Town, contracted Murray Miller, an experienced Canadian Heritage Consultant, to develop both documents. “The Heritage Board will use both the Guide and the updated CDEs to provide best advice to property owners in the HCAs when they are considering alterations to their properties, or when new developments are being proposed,” noted Board Chairperson, David Bruce.

The new materials are user-friendly and effective tools that will be valuable to the Heritage Board, as well as property owners and developers, for heritage planning within Sackville for many years to come.

If you own a Sackville heritage property and would like a copy of the updated CDE sheet for your building, please contact the Sackville Heritage Officer at


Organizations: The Heritage Board, Heritage Architecture, Sackville Library Joseph F Allison House Fawcett Professional Centre Edward Cogswell House Sackville Visitor Centre Canadian Heritage Consultant Noted Board Sackville Heritage Officer

Geographic location: 131 Main Street, 131 Bridge Street, Georgian Style Saint John

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