The George Weldon Residence, located at 22 Queen Square South in Saint John, is designated a Local Historic Place due to its architectural significance and association with former residents.
The residence is part of a harmonious streetscape on the south side of Queen Square, which showcases an impressive array of architectural styles in Saint John. These nine buildings, constructed between circa 1878 and 1916, exhibit Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne Revival, Neo-Gothic, Craftsman, and Bungalow styles. The George Weldon Residence is a distinctive example of brick Neo-Gothic residential architecture from this period in Saint John.
The house is also notable for its connection to George Cathwart Weldon, who joined the clothing manufacturing business S. Hayward and Company in 1875. Weldon had this residence built in 1890 and lived there until 1901. After Hayward’s death in 1905, Weldon became the company’s president, a position he held until his passing in 1928.
Furthermore, the residence is recognized for its association with James Pender and Talmage Fenwick. James Pender lived in the house from 1902 until around 1917. He was involved in nail manufacturing and eventually founded the James Pender Nail Company, which produced the “Bull Dog” nail. By 1903, the company was producing 15 tons of nails per day and employed nearly 100 men.
Talmadge S. Fenwick resided in the house for the longest period, from approximately 1930 until the late 1970s. Fenwick’s uncle, Wilfred Fenwick, had founded the Fenwick Cheese Stall in Saint John’s historic City Market in 1885. Talmadge took over the business in 1920, specializing in aged cheese. The cheese was so well-loved that Lord Beaverbrook had it shipped to him wherever he went. T. S. Fenwick Ltd. left City Market in 1981 after nearly 100 years.