George Nealon Babbitt, the eldest son of Samuel Babbitt, built this house (located at 311 University Avenue in Fredericton) at the rear of his father’s property (898 Charlotte Street) around 1870.
Being one of the earliest houses on University Avenue beyond the original Town Plat, its design and aesthetic stand out distinctly from its more recent neighboring structures.
The core structure of the house maintains a fairly simple square form and a mansard roof, gracefully adorned with brackets. Over time, enhancements such as diverse window shapes, bays, and a front wraparound porch were integrated, allowing the house to evolve stylistically. The interior features a side hall/entry that boasts an impressive curved wooden staircase, a tribute to the extraordinary craftsmanship of the original builders.