Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Ref: 114)

Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Ref: 114)


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Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Ref: 114)

Province House was described by Charles Dickens as a “gem of Georgian architecture.  Indeed, Province House is generally ranked as the finest Palladian building in Canada (as much for its richly ornamented interior as its perfectly rendered exterior) and this very fact raises questions about its architect genealogy. Neither the local contractor (Merick) nor the stone mason (Scott), who are credited with the creation, seem logically up to the refined Adam-style work.  One thing is sure, the genesis, and probably the designing, of Province House went back many years before the actual cornerstone was laid in 1811.  In the struggles between colony and mother country, governor and legislature, and the generations of jealous émigrés, the idea of a new Province House to shelter the sometimes noble, and often corrupt, business of colonial government was an on-going political football.  At one point Governor Wentworth even managed to divert the funds appropriated for building Province House into the construction of his own residence, Government House.  From that day in 1819 when Lord Dalhousie convened the Legislature it its new home, this building has been the focal point of fate for all Nova Scotians…if walls could talk!