Located at the intersection of George and Church Streets in Fredericton, the wood-framed building once known as “The Very Best” Bed & Breakfast is a blend of the original mid-19th century Church Street construction and the later George Street addition.
Judge George F. Gregory, a former Mayor of Fredericton, owned the Church Street property and expanded it after 1878 to incorporate the George Street structure. For many years, Judge Gregory lived in the two-and-a-half storey combined building on the southern side of George Street. In 1912, the property was sold and repurposed as the Bishop’s residence.
The architectural harmony of the merged construction and its historical significance as the Bishopscote (bishop’s residence) contribute to the heritage value of the building at 806 George Street. The structure is a fusion of at least three different constructions, with the original Church Street dwelling dating back to before the mid-19th century.
George F. Gregory, the owner of the original Church Street house, served as a Judge of the New Brunswick Supreme Court and held the position of Fredericton’s Mayor from 1869 to 1873 and again from 1878 to 1880. The George Street section of the building was constructed after his second mayoral term, while the one-storey corner block was added under new ownership.
In 1912, the Christ Church Cathedral Chapter bought the property to serve as the bishop’s residence. Bishop John Richardson, his wife Dora Richardson, and their family lived here until his passing in 1938. During the renovation of the Bishop’s residence in 1912, the one-storey corner library was also built.
The University of New Brunswick acquired the property in 1960, transforming the structure into a residence called Murray House.
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