Thursday, January 9, 2014

Along North Park


Halifax is an old city....by North American standards that is.
It was 'founded' by the British in 1749.


Halifax is in the province of Nova Scotia which began to be settled by the French 
in the early 1600's. After a few battles between these two 'conquering nations'
Britain eventually won the right to call Nova Scotia it's own.


Being an old 'port city' Halifax has seen it's share of world events effecting the comings
and goings of it's population.


Two world wars may have not hit our shores but they made Halifax an important 'supply' port.
Thousands of soldiers (my father included) sailed from Halifax Harbour to fight in Europe.


Some parts of the city from the 'early days' still remain......as I am sure in most cities.


This row of houses along North Park Street have survived many years. 
I suspect they were built in the late 1800's.
Some are 'boarding houses and some are private homes.


They are nothing special to look at but hold a certain charm
that is part of the history that built this city.


I spent my early childhood just down the street a ways from here.

I hope these buildings survive the drive for developing
this downtown area of the city and their historical significance
will be protected.




23 comments:

  1. It would be a shame to lose those lovely old buildings. I wonder how well those developers sleep at night after demolishing history? Beautiful shot, BTW.

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    1. Thanks Sharon. Some developers do get 'shot down' if there is enough support against them.

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  2. Oh I think they will survive, besides the colours alone catch youR eye!!

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  3. They are very attractive Jim. What is in front of them? It looks like soil but I suppose it is the windrow left by the snowplough.

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    1. You are correct Alain, these are dirty snow banks. One of the 'down sides' of winter. But they will be covered up regularly with a fresh coat!

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  4. someone has to save them! they are wonderful and such an important pat of halifax!

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    1. I agree jaz! I think these will be safe.....for now.

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  5. Willy Dunne Wooters now knows of my wish to visit Nova Scotia. Maybe someday . . . .

    Love,
    Janie

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  6. How OLD are those houses jimbo ?

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    1. I would think that these are no older than 100 years or so. That's OLD by our standards across the pond!! lol

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    1. They must have been the 'rage' back in the early 1900's because there are a number of these around the city and some a made of brick.
      Have a good weekend Pat.

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  8. Such pretty houses - and made of wood and still standing!

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    1. Hi Fiona! Yes still standing. A lot of houses, in fact most in Halifax, are wooden structures.
      I just thought of those very old deserted wooden buildings you have posted.

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  9. hopefully someone will step up and protect these-I don't like seeing history destroyed

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  10. They are very pretty, Jim. We have some of those around here, too, since Kingston is also a very old city. I do hope they keep them around. They add a certain charm to the city, not to mention a historical touch.

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    1. Yes Martha, I think old cities like ours ought to preserve their old/historical buildings as best they can.

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  11. Your photos capture their charm and I hope the city will preserve its old districts for the future.

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    1. Thanks Inger. These buildings may not be the 'latest' in architectural design but they have their charm as you said.

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  12. I so disagree with you, Jim! These houses are something special ~ They are spectacular, and they deserve to be preserved! Thank you for sharing them! Happy weekend!

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    1. I know you meant 'agree' Louise and I hope so too that these will survive. You know, what some developers have done here, only a couple, is to integrate the old with the new and preserving the historical essence as best they could. It has worked along the waterfront pretty well in one development and when we see you this summer, we will show you!!
      A most happy weekend to you and Terry.

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