The Architecture of Lunenburg – Part I


If you’ve been following the blog (or know me in person) you probably know that last September I entered the architecture program at Dalhousie University. After studying and responding to some of the great works of international architecture last term, this time around we’re looking at a style and location much closer to home.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so-declared for its remarkably preserved colonial layout and unique wooden architecture. The settlers of Lunenburg were primarily boat-builders, tasked with dropping a grid plan drafted on flat paper in England onto the steeply sloped side of a drumlin. The resulting architectural evolution can be seen in the town’s unique building features. The most notable of these, the “Lunenburg Bump,” is a modified dormer extruded over the front door, often ornately decorated by local woodworkers and reminiscent of the prow of a ship. Examples can be seen on the symmetrical one-and-a-half-story buildings in the panorama (chopped and stacked to fit) above. I stitched these together from photos taken by Ashley Hannon, using information collected by our entire group.

Over the next few months I’ll be sure to post a few more instalments in my study of Lunenburg. Until then, it’s not too late to like our Facebook page for the change to win an album download (see our last post)!


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