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332 Saunders Street

332 Saunders Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2010/04/26

Side view of the Scarr Cottage showing the roofline broken by gables; City of Fredericton
332 Saunders Street
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Construction Date(s)

1898/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2011/06/17

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

William J. Scarr completed this one-and-a-half storey wood-framed dwelling, situated on the south side of Saunders Street in Fredericton, in 1898. The contained Queen Anne/Classical Revival style dwelling with narrow street frontage features an elongated footprint.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of this dwelling resides in its identification as a Scarr cottage. William J. Scarr, Fredericton-born building contractor, left his own distinct imprint on the city’s architectural landscape, erecting at least ten of his signature style cottages in the rear of the town plot. Five of these Scarr cottages, which occupy nearly half a city block, are situated on the south side of Saunders Street. William J. Scarr constructed these cottages between 1897 and 1899. Each season, Scarr typically erected three cottages, and this Scarr cottage is significant as it was one of the first completed on Saunders Street.

William J. Scarr contributed immensely to the local housing stock, to his own financial detriment. Scarr built upon speculation, and when his houses did not immediately sell, he suffered considerable losses. With other building contracts pending and heavily indebted by 1901, William J. Scarr absconded from Fredericton to the west accompanied by his oldest, settling first in British Columbia and then in Alberta. William J. Scarr was one of the most industrious builders in Fredericton, and his legacy lingers in the Saunders Streetscape.

Source: City of Fredericton, Local Historic Places file. “332 Saunders Street”

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements associated with the Scarr cottage located at 332 Saunders Street include:
- one-and-a-half storey, elongated “L” plan, wood-framed dwelling;
- Queen Anne Revival and Classical Revival style elements;
- medium-pitched gable roof with returned eaves;
- large, rectangular single, double and triple windows with simple surrounds and entablatures;
- gable peaks breaking the roofline on west façade;
- second-storey oriel window on the east façade;
- open, pillared entry porch.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Conservation Act

Recognition Type

Local Historic Place (municipal)

Recognition Date

2010/04/26

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Residence
Single Dwelling

Historic

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

William J. Scarr

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Fredericton, Local Historic Places file, "332 Saunders Street"

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

2128

Status

Published

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