The Alfred E. Peters House is a three-story, Romanesque Revival-style dwelling, featuring red brick and pink sandstone. It is situated at 35 Highfield Street in Moncton. Initially built as a residence for Alfred E. Peters and his family, the building later housed the Moncton YWCA for an extended period.
Local architect René-Arthur Frechet designed the house, and construction commenced in 1903, with completion in 1905. The rough-cut sandstone, sourced from what is now known as the Mount Allison University Quarry, is prominently featured on the exterior, adding unique architectural details. The house’s most notable feature is the ornately decorated ‘beehive’ turret situated above the main entrance.
The Alfred E. Peters House is also recognized for its connection to its original owner, Alfred E. Peters, and its former inhabitants, the Moncton YWCA.
Alfred E. Peters made significant contributions to Moncton’s industry, including founding The Peters Combination Lock Factory. Many of his brass designs for the company inspired aspects of his home, such as hinges, doorknobs, backplates, and even the parapet of the west-facing dormer. Furthermore, Peters’ successful stove and furnace manufacturing venture with the Record Foundry is notable.
In 1920, Peters sold his residence to the newly established Moncton YWCA. Since then, the YWCA has relocated to a new address at 135 Kendra Street.
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