Duffus & Co. Ltd. Architects. Architects specializing in
            conservation                              Province House,

Home Company Conservation Preservation Renovation Institutional Residential

Government House
Lieutenant Governor's Residence in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (1800)

Government House

The project consisted of major replacement of stone veneer, repairs to the backing walls, grouting voids, repairs to rotted structural members, roofing, flashing, window repairs and reconstructing the moat wall.  

In 1993 the severe deterioration of the moat walls and our concern about the overstress in the heavy timber roof framing and chimneys resulted in temporary shoring being installed in the moat to prevent collapse and Contract Documents being prepared for Tender.   This was Tendered and completed in 1995.   Also in 1993, the Department's carpenters were assigned to us and working with out Structural Engineers we reinforced the framing and replaced rotted components in two trusses, all in accordance with good Conservation principles.   This project also involved the restoration of the exterior sandstone masonry, with stone consolidation taking place in the fall of 1998.  The landscaping and new canopy have since been completed as well.

The Restoration of the exterior fabric received a Lieutenant Governor's Design Award for Architecture (Citation) in 1997. 

Project dates: 1990-98. 
Estimated cost: $3,000,000

1496 Lower Water Street, Suite 315, Halifax Nova Scotia B3J 1R9
Phone: (902) 420-1851    Fax: (902) 425-7445   Email: gfduffus@gfduffusandco.ca