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344 Saunders Street

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

Formally Recognized: 2010/04/26

Image of the Scarr Cottage showing enclosed front entry porch; City of Fredericton
344 Saunders Street
Image of the Scarr Cottage, showing front view of dwelling; City of Fredericton
344 Saunders Street
Image of the Scarr Cottage showing side view of dwelling; City of Fredericton
344 Saunders Street

Other Name(s)

n/a

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1899/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2011/06/20

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

This one-and-a-half storey, wood-framed dwelling, situated upon the south side of Saunders Street, was built in 1899 by prolific local builder, William J. Scarr. This dwelling, which contains elements of Queen Anne Revival and Classical Revival styles, is located on the block of Saunders Street between Westmorland and York streets in Fredericton.

Heritage Value

The significance of this dwelling is derived from its identity as a Scarr cottage, built according to William J. Scarr’s signature style. William J. Scarr, Fredericton-based contractor born of Irish parents, built a successful career in the local building trade during the latter decades of the 19th Century. Scarr, who competed for a variety of building contracts, began to specialize in housing construction after 1895. Scarr was credited with developing the back of town, having constructed five of his signature cottages between 1897 and 1899. This dwelling was one of the last houses that Scarr built along this street.

William J. Scarr erected a total of ten signature cottages on Saunders and Westmorland streets. Scarr built additional houses, conforming to the Classical Revival architectural style, on Northumberland and Aberdeen streets. Scarr houses offered all the modern conveniences and were offered for rent if not immediately purchased. His practice of speculative building, however, contributed to his financial ruin. Bankrupt by 1901, William J. Scarr escaped his creditors by boarding a train bound for the West with his oldest son, never to return to Fredericton.

Source: City of Fredericton, Local Historic Places file, “344 Saunders Street”

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements related to the Scarr cottage located at 344 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;
- gable peaks breaking the roof line on the northwest façade;
- enclosed entry porch with low-sloped shed roof.

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)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

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

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

William J. Scarr

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Fredericton, Local Historic Places file, "344 Saunders Street"

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

2129

Status

Published

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