Located at 114 Alma Street in Moncton, the Frederick W. Sumner House is recognized as a Local Historic Place for its distinctive architecture and noteworthy residents.
Initially constructed in 1876 by local contractor and developer Dennis A. Duffy, the building showcased a rectangular Greek Revival style with characteristic returned eaves. Frederick W. Sumner, the home’s second occupant, enriched the facade with intricate details, including a full-length one-story veranda and a two-story open portico with a pediment featuring cement balusters and pillars, added around 1891. Many of the lavish interior elements, such as the spiral staircase, paneled wainscoting, crown molding, and original fireplaces, have been well-maintained.
The residence at 114 Alma Street is also significant for its notable occupants. After Dennis Duffy’s bankruptcy in 1891, Frederick W. Sumner acquired the property. Sumner was an influential figure in New Brunswick, serving as the province’s Agent-General, a member of the Provincial Legislature, and Moncton’s first Mayor for six terms. His involvement with numerous Moncton corporations greatly influenced the city’s business landscape.
In 1905, John H. Harris purchased the property. Harris, a prominent merchant and landowner during the early 1900s, was Moncton’s Postmaster for 16 years until his death. This period marked the city’s initial phase of significant growth. The Sumner and Harris residences at 114 Alma Street were considered among the finest in Moncton during their time.
In 1950, Dr. Leo Doiron sold the property to Sabrina Cadman, whose family ran a funeral home from the location for over two decades. The building now serves as the City Club.
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