1864/1902 – Canning, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Posted September 2018. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 9/19/18   -   Last OHD Update: 12/2/18   -   36 Comments
9752 Main Street, Canning, Nova Scotia

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  • $668,000 CAD
    $516,404 USD
  • 6 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 6000 Sq Ft
  • 13 Ac.
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Long known as "The Old Place", the Sir Frederick Borden house was designed in 1902 by the renowned architect William Critchlow Harris. Consisting of over 6,000 sq. ft. on a gently sloping riverside site of 13 acres, Harris's design is in the North American Shingle style, derivative of the British Arts and Crafts movement, its overall form derived from the late 19th-century Queen Anne Revival. A trend setting architectural style in its day, displaying an unembellished simplicity, with strong references to nature, and placing natural materials in the forefront of its design, this turreted, asymmetrical, sprawling mansion's history is quintessentially Canadian. Sir Frederick Borden was a rural doctor in Canning, member of parliament and Canadian Minister of Militia under Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier, and first cousin to Canadian Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden. His British born architect, William Harris, was the brother of Canada's foremost portrait artist of the late 19th century, Robert Harris. William Harris established his reputation in both ecclesiastical and domestic projects and this example of his work is unique. The original, smaller, symmetrical structure in the Gothic Revival style which once stood on this site faced the road and was constructed by the shipbuilder Jacob Lockhart in 1864. It was purchased by Dr. Borden in 1881. From the road, the decorative gothic barge boards and multiple gables remain, however, Harris recreated the new facade of the greatly enlarged house to view a designed "natural landscape" of trees and new plant varieties, out across open fields and the river to the countryside beyond. The home's commodious principal rooms showcase rich woodwork, including paneled walls and ceilings, stained glass, fireside inglenooks, grand front reception hall with fireplace, double living-room with tin ceiling, paneled library with fireplace, and large dining-room with stone fireplace and round bay extending into the first floor of the turret.
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Michael Wilson, ViewPoint Realty
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36 Comments on 1864/1902 – Canning, Nova Scotia, Canada

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10321 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Wow! I wish there were more photos, if the kitchen is still that fantastic I’d love to see the bathrooms.

    • AvatarMISTERMICELY says: 62 comments

      Did you notice the servants’ bell system in the kitchen? I want a photo of every room from every angle!

      • Avatarzoomey says: 501 comments

        Yes, the bell system is still in place!! I wish I could see the bathrooms. Of course if they are as wonderful as the rest of the house (original subway tile, orgiginal fixtures, I’m imagining), I’d probably sell up and move there, so it’s best they stay hidden!

  2. DemiDemi says: 23 comments
    1951 Bungalow
    St Petersburg, FL

    Those ceilings !! *drool*

  3. Avatarzoomey says: 501 comments

    Sigh, sigh, sigh and sigh again. O Canada. I love every milimeter of this house inside and out. That kitchen! The stairway! The bookcases! The gardens! I can’t go on or I’ll be overcome! Why is it so far away? Why so cold? Love, love, love this gorgeous house. I’d be there in a heartbeat if I could figure out how! This is my new favorite OHD house!!

  4. Avatarjulie A. says: 154 comments
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    1914 foursquare farmhouse
    New Germany, MN

    I loved it before i saw the inside, the interior made me want it more. Lovely home and gardens are amazing.

  5. TGrantTGrant says: 553 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    That kitchen, that butler’s pantry, those lino floors, oh my word! I’m gobsmacked and now I want to move to Canada!

  6. AvatarNancy C says: 122 comments
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    abuts historic village Old Salem, NC

    I concur with all the earlier comments — what more is there to say. . .

  7. SharonSharon says: 406 comments
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    Sedalia, MO

    This is tough for me to do — accept as truth that, just for me, this, THIS, is the best OHD home of all time. I can’t point to what I love because I love everything, top to bottom, great and small. Everything. This almost makes me believe in having had another life in another time. My heart knows this place.

  8. AvatarDonS says: 59 comments

    Hmmmm, I would rate this place somewhere between drop dead gorgeous and most spectacular. The woodwork is stunning and just happens to satisfy my taste to a T. There couldn’t be too many pictures of this wonderful home.

  9. AvatarJohn says: 78 comments

    Now THAT’S a house! Love everything about it!

  10. AvatarJudy says: 9 comments

    We drive by this house frequently and always admire it. What a treat to finally see the interior – it is as grand as I imagined. Canning is a lovely little town with many other delightful houses of varying eras, and is a popular village with artists and artisans. It is in the gorgeous Annapolis Valley, situated near the historic dykelands and surrounded by vinyards, lush farmland on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. If I’m lucky they may have an open house!

  11. RosewaterRosewater says: 4542 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    This house strikes me as being a beautiful, more humble, similar version of this mansion which used to be on OHD, and is set to FINALLY be sold by silent auction beginning later this month:


  12. Avatarkelli z says: 23 comments

    You have outdone yourself with this home Kelly! Don’t know what else to add because it is all so true! If only I could afford a summer home – This would be it! I nominate this home for OHD Home of the Year!

  13. AvatarJTG says: 22 comments

    Holy Nice. The best of two different eras, how unique. Would make a great summer camp.

  14. CoraCora says: 1890 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Oh heavens…this really is perfect. Understated yet stunning; like Rosewater said, it’s humble. 💖

  15. AvatarEmma Henry says: 73 comments
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    El Paso, TX

    What a lovely, comfortable home.

  16. AvatarGregory_K says: 356 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    The history of this house, a Gothic Revival villa remodeled into a Shingle Style-Queen Anne masterpiece is nearly identical to Kingscote in Newport, Rhode Island: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingscote_(mansion) and http://www.newportmansions.org/explore/kingscote
    Kingscote retains more of its Gothic Revival exteriors and interiors. However, the new rooms, particularly the new dining room with its early Tiffany glass and Colonial Revival detailing, are remarkable. The retention of so much of the original house probably reflects its remaining in the same family until it became a museum.
    This house is lovely. Why haven’t I won the lottery?

  17. Julie C.Julie C. says: 198 comments

    The house itself is so appealing but really strikes me the most is how it seems to be in a hidden world all of it’s own.

    • AvatarPolly says: 13 comments

      Until you look at the street view.

    • AvatarMurrray Covert says: 1 comments

      You could miss it the first couple drives through town. that’s OK, lots to see and do just outside of town as well.

    • AvatarJen says: 1 comments

      It absolutely is hidden. Ive driven and walked by this place a million times and was always intrigued. I can’t believe how big it really is. I’ve always wanted to walk up and ring the doorbell.

    • AvatarK says: 2 comments

      It’s truly is set that way back it is right on the main Street of the lil town of canning. This house has sooooo many hidden secrets.I used to run around this house when I was younger… It sooooo cool. Their are elevated pillows in the walls that you can manually send things upstairs and down stairs rooms. All different size box’s in the walls some big enuff for ppl.

  18. AvatarNikita Eileen Krupoderov says: 31 comments

    I love this house…and actually FEEL the intense emotion of knowing this would be an awesome place and bring contentment to my soul…Now how hard is the immigration process…I want to live in that house and wander those lovely grounds surrounding it…

  19. AvatarZann says: 532 comments

    On top of this being probably one of the best houses posted on this site, I want to emphasize that it has everything about the house itself, AND a river/creek. This house is absolutely the definition of a dream house.

    I will admit I was a bit taken back by the street view. It is somewhat unfortunate that with 13 acres the road happens to be right next to the house, but ask me if I care…. because I don’t. I can ignore the road and go sit by the river if I need a break from modern life. (And with this home, it would be oh so easy to pretend like the modern world is gone.)

    • AvatarK says: 2 comments

      The town barely has traffic it’s a little country town …. This house has always been my girly princess house from when I was a child.

  20. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 948 comments
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    1947 Ranch

    Well I’m gobsmacked. What a thrilling home with all the most incredible wood, spacious rooms and details, details, details! I’ve always loved Shingle style—what’s not to love? The kitchen is marvelous. In fact I can’t find a single thing I’d change. I wish there were bathroom pics, but they’d have to be fantastic, wouldn’t they??

  21. MichaelMichael says: 1304 comments

    Each picture makes me want this house more! Oh for a few bathroom pictures and I’d be packing to move here……if my budget would allow it!

  22. AvatarThomas McLean says: 21 comments


  23. AvatarSpurlyn says: 1 comments

    Days gone by

    Still grand

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