P. Martin Liquors Building

1870 Upper Water Street


The Armour Group applied for a demolition permit for this building on February 12, 2007. Armour Group has asserted that the building was registered as a heritage property in error.  HRM's position is that the building was registered intentionally.  The report to the Heritage Advisory Committee provides more details. Further information on the building itself can be found here.


Photo above taken February 3, 2008

Photo above taken February 3, 2008



Coburg Cottage



An application has been made to demolish the heritage property at 6454 Coburg Road. According  to the Heritage Advisory Committee Report of July 19, 2006...



History of Property: Coburg Cottage was constructed in 1816 by William Pryor, a successful merchant in the West Indies trade. Following Pryor's death about 1880, the property was acquired by Sir Sandford Flemming who lived in nearby Blenheim Lodge. From 1884 to 1907 the property was owned by Thomas Kenny, who lived on the nearby Thornvale Estate, and used Coburg Cottage as a staff residence. In 1955 Kings College was bequeathed the property from the estate of George Nicholas, and in 1971 Dalhousie purchased the property from Kings College.

Architecture: Coburg Cottage is a two and one half storey, wood framed, gable roof building. There are single storey additions on each side, and a large two storey addition at the rear. The front elevation is covered with clapboards, and the other elevations are clad with shingles. In style, the building can be characterized as New England Colonial with influences from the Classical Revival, Italianate, arid Gothic Revival styles. The building stands on a 1/2 acre parcel of land, is set back from the street, and has well established gardens in the rear



Photo above taken September 10, 2006


The Heritage Advisory Committee has recommended to Regional Council that the application for a demolition permit be refused. To read the report of the Heritage Advisory Committee, click here.


Demolishing Halifax West, Decommissioning Queen Elizabeth High, and St. Pat's High





August 2000

Halifax West Closed due to environmental problems


August 28/2000


In this Press Release,  Mayor Walter Fitzgerald suggests that it might be more cost-effective for the Regional School Board to build two new metro high schools, rather than spend more than $40 million repairing and renovating three existing ones in Halifax.

January 19, 2001

In this press release , the proposed future of Halifax West, QEH and St. Pats is outlined.

January 10, 2002

In this press release, Councillor Dawn Sloane addresses the issue of feeder school closures and the issue of merging QEH and St. Pats due to dwindling enrollments.

January 18/2002

In this press release, Councillor Dawn Sloane calls for further discussions regarding the merger of the peninsula's two schools into one consolidated school

March 31, 2005

The Halifax Regional School Board officially names the new high school Citadel High.  Some of the other names that were suggested included: Vincent Coleman Memorial High School, Robert Stanfield High School, Halifax 

Central High School, Anna Leonowens High School, Patrician Elizabethan High 

School, Robert McCall Memorial High School.

May 4, 2005

Department of Education announces that Citadel High will open in 

September 2007. It was originally scheduled to open in September 2006.

June 17-19th, 2005

A reunion for all former St. Pat's students was held.  For more info, click here and here.

June 1, 2007

QEH Memorabilia Silent Auction & Dance

June 2, 2007

 Irish Wake and Silent Auction at St. Pat's

July 27 29, 2007

QEH "Last Chance Reunion"

August 2007 St. Pat's to be renamed "Quinpool Education Centre" and to be used a as "multi-use" building





 Behind the fence, construction of Citadel High is well underway as QEH and Saint Pat's students go back for the final year for those schools (Photo taken September 2006)




  • For the latest information on Citadel High, click here.

  • For CBC's Living East Report on Citadel High, click here.

  • For pictures of Citadel High under construction, click here.

  • For the Saint Patrick's Preservation Page, click here.

Unidentified Victims of Halifax Explosion

"For some inexplicable reason, or for no reason but the hurry and turmoil of the time, the last of these [unidentified victims] . . . were buried in the potter's field of Halifax on Bayers Road, where a single granite monument marks their common grave."   -- Thomas Raddall in Warden of the North

Like most people, I drove by this site (on Bayers Road just before Bayers Road Shopping Centre) many times unaware that what appears from the road to be an open field is actually the final resting place of 124 unidentified victims of the Halifax Explosion.  When I first started researching Halifax history about 7 years ago, I was amazed that so few people knew about this tiny "cemetery".  I was also surprised that there wasn't a more significant sign marking the spot.  More recently, I was very pleased to see the blue sign that now lets locals and visitors alike know what lies behind the inconspicuous fence.  On Monday, July 22nd 2002, the Chronicle-Herald ran a front page article on this very subject.  Historian Jim Simpson has suggested that a more descriptive marker would be appropriate for the site.

The Cogswell Interchange


The Cogswell Interchange was built in the early 70's as the initial stage of what was referred to as "Harbour Drive", a freeway that was supposed to run the length of the harbourfront and be a major traffic artery in the city.  Citizen pressure eventually scuttled the project, which would have seen a significant loss of heritage structures. Despite this, the Cogswell Interchange remains today a massive concrete reminder of "Harbour Drive's" demise.  Many are now proposing that the interchange be demolished, that the roads be brought back down to terra firma and the land lost to this massive concrete barrier be reclaimed for a more practical use, although debate remains as what this might be.  For more information on this issue, check out this link:

Halifax Infirmary

See the Infirmary Page

Midtown Tavern
1684 Grafton Street

(64 Grafton Street prior to number conversion)



Midtown Tavern Information has been moved here.