Chestnut House

Of Chestnut Canoe distinction, this eclectic hip-roofed house, located at 132 Waterloo Row, was built for company owner Harry Chestnut and his wife Annie in 1902, quite possibly by R. Chestnut & Sons, who were “Builders and Contractors” in addition to hardware merchants. 

Chestnut House

The foremost attributes of the house are undoubtedly the full-height columns with unusual “mini-columned” capitals and the pair of decorated dormers. Custom woodwork and luxurious brass hardware enrich the spacious interior, while the upper front balcony’s floor deck is covered with – what else – canoe canvas.

Amazingly, only recently has the original boiler system been replaced, which had heated the building ever since it was built.

chestnut canoe 1904

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Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

Chestnut Canoe Factory York St

P474-24
Harry Chestnut standing in an 18-foot sponson canoe, fitted with a 2HP St. Lawrence engine, from the Chestnut Canoe Company in Fredericton, 1913.

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