A Tour of Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Palladian Architecture Landmarks

Town Clock | Courtesy of Destination Halifax
Town Clock | Courtesy of Destination Halifax
Photo of Kate Horodyski
13 October 2017

Part of Halifax’s charm is its blend of historic and modern, which is best seen in the architecture. From the old stone buildings of the Historic Properties to the brand new Central Library, you’ll find the perfect mix of old and new throughout the city. Keep an eye out for the Palladian architecture, which evolved from the work of Italian architect Andre Palladio (1508-1580) and is among the most prevalent architectural styles in Halifax.

Town Clock

One of Halifax’s best-known landmarks, the Town Clock on Citadel Hill is a faithful reconstruction of the original Palladian structure. It actually still contains the functional clock mechanism from 1803!

Town Clock | Courtesy of Destination Halifax

St. Paul’s Anglican Church

St. Paul’s Anglican Church is the oldest building in Halifax. Built in 1750, this Palladian-style building is also the oldest surviving Protestant church in Canada.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church | © SimonP/WikiMedia Commons

St. George’s Round Church

St. George’s was built in the early 19th century. It was designated a national historic site of Canada because it is considered a “masterpiece of Palladian architecture.” This is the only example of a round church in Canada from this period.

St. George’s Anglican Church | © Light Collector/Flickr

Government House

Government House was designated as a national historic site in 1982, as it is one of the oldest official residences in North America. This gorgeous stone mansion, built in the Palladian style, is still the official residence of the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia.

Government House | © Citobun/Wikipedia

Province House

Construction of Province House, home of the Legislative Assembly, began in 1811 and was completed in 1819. The building, made of Nova Scotia sandstone, is considered one of the finest Palladian-style buidlings in Canada.

Dingle Tower

Construction of the Dingle Tower began in 1908 to commemorate 150 years of representative government in Nova Scotia. It has many Palladian features, including windows with Ionic columns, decorative keystones, and heavy projecting stone sills.

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