Risteen Building

Risteen Building

Risteen Building

Built shortly after 1820, the impressive structure at 102 Queen Street in Fredericton holds the distinction of being the city’s first cut-stone house. Anthony Lockwood, who served as New Brunswick’s surveyor general, constructed this mansion, which unfortunately fell victim to a fire in 1870. After the fire, the property was bought by Joseph C. Risteen, who integrated it into the Risteen Sash and Door Factory.

Established in 1870, the factory relocated to its current Queen Street address in Fredericton two years later. The factory produced wooden doors, windows, and ornamental woodwork, contributing significantly to numerous residential and public buildings in the city.

Risteen Building
Risteen’s Sash and Door Factory on the corner of Smythe and Queen Street, ca. 1890’s PANB P5-405 colourised

Joseph Risteen managed the factory until 1900 when his partner, Henry Chestnut, took over. The J.C. Risteen Company continued production at this site until it finally closed down in the mid-1970s.

Risteen Building

Risteen Building Demolished in 2019

In late September 2019, the Risteen Building was demolished to make room for an apartment complex, resulting in the loss of a historic piece of Fredericton. Read more here.  

Joseph C. Risteen House

Risteen also built a home adjacent to the factory, which supplied wooden doors, windows, and decorative woodwork for a significant number of Fredericton’s homes and public buildings.

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