Truro Old Normal College

Truro, Quebec
Truro Old Normal College main elevation. © Christine Boucher, Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, 2017.
Main elevation.
© Christine Boucher, Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, 2017.
Truro Old Normal College east elevation and rear annex. © Christine Boucher, Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, 2017.Truro Old Normal College main elevation. © Christine Boucher, Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, 2017.Truro Old Normal College front and east elevation. © Christine Boucher, Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, 2017.
Address : 752 Prince Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada, Truro, Truro, Quebec

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2018-10-04
Dates:
  • 1877 to 1879 (Construction)

Description of Historic Place

A major landmark in downtown Truro, this impressive, three-storey brick building designed by Nova Scotia architect Henry Frederick Busch is an excellent example of Second Empire architecture, it features a mansard roof, a well-proportioned central pavilion, pedimented gable dormers, ornate brackets under pronounced eaves and arched windows.

Heritage Value

Built in 1877 to replace the first normal school in Truro, it was used as a normal college until 1961. It is a testament to the movement in the second half of the 19th century to standardize and improve teacher training in Canada, and it is directly associated with the development of Nova Scotia’s public education system in the 19th and 20th centuries. Located in the heart of Truro, and was built between 1877 and 1879 to replace an earlier normal school destroyed by fire. Designed by Nova Scotia architect Henry Frederick Busch Truro Old Normal School is an
excellent example of Second Empire architecture. The building is associated with the history and development of the province’s public education system as it served as the base for teacher training until it closed in 1961. Following its rehabilitation and the construction of an addition, in 2016, the former school reopened as a public library. The original building is a fine example of Second Empire style and has retained the key architectural characteristics of this style in its exterior. Today, it is a major landmark in Truro’s town square.

Character-Defining Elements

Its monumental three-storey massing, its brick construction and Second Empire architectural features that include; a mansard roof; its well-proportioned central pavilion; the pedimented gable dormers, the ornate brackets under its pronounced eaves and its arched windows.