I-39050.1 | Government House, Halifax, NS, 1869
Government House, Halifax, NS, 1869
William Notman (1826-1891)
1869, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
10 x 8 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Architecture (8646) , governmental (274) , Photograph (77678)
Keys to History
For daughters of families of the social elite in the Maritime provinces, being presented to the lieutenant governor at a glamorous formal party was a sign that they were ready to begin looking for a husband-although few late-19th-century observers would have described it so bluntly. Instead, it was described as "coming out" into society. Once a young woman had come out, she was expected to attend a great many social events each year -- a social whirl that continued until she found a suitable husband and married.
Lenore Davidoff, The Best Circles; society, etiquette and the season (London: Croom Helm, 1973).
Nova Scotia Government House has always been the residence of the lieutenant governor of the province.
Government House, the home of Nova Scotia's lieutenant governors, is located on Barrington Street in Halifax, a quiet residential street.
Construction of Government House began in 1800. It is believed that the source of the designs for its front and rear sections came from a book of house plans published in 1795 by George Richardson, who worked in the London office of the Scottish architect Robert Adam.
Nova Scotia Governor John Wentworth (1671-1730), who served from 1792-1808, promoted the building of Government House.