Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District

The Old South Suburb is an important candidate for a Heritage Conservation District due to its significant heritage values associated with the early settlement, economic life and traditional architectural character of the city. As part of downtown Halifax, it continues to experience pressures for new development.

There is currently a high concentration of registered municipal heritage properties that are protected from demolition or exterior alteration within the Old South Suburb. However, there is also a high concentration of historic buildings that contribute to the character of the area that are not protected. As such, heritage conservation measures are justified within this area, identified as Barrington Street South (Precinct 2) in the Downtown Halifax Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy.

Use the features, below, to ask questions and share stories about the proposed District. In the column to the right, you can view images, Frequently Asked Questions and documents relating to the District.

Check back often as important dates will be published for open houses, workshops and other community engagement activities. Please stay engaged in the process, your feedback is essential!



The Old South Suburb is an important candidate for a Heritage Conservation District due to its significant heritage values associated with the early settlement, economic life and traditional architectural character of the city. As part of downtown Halifax, it continues to experience pressures for new development.

There is currently a high concentration of registered municipal heritage properties that are protected from demolition or exterior alteration within the Old South Suburb. However, there is also a high concentration of historic buildings that contribute to the character of the area that are not protected. As such, heritage conservation measures are justified within this area, identified as Barrington Street South (Precinct 2) in the Downtown Halifax Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy.

Use the features, below, to ask questions and share stories about the proposed District. In the column to the right, you can view images, Frequently Asked Questions and documents relating to the District.

Check back often as important dates will be published for open houses, workshops and other community engagement activities. Please stay engaged in the process, your feedback is essential!



  • Networking and Information Session

    over 1 year ago

    We would like to extend an invitation to all Downtown Halifax businesses located south of Bishop Street to join us for a networking and information session.

    The Henry House
    1222 Barrington Street
    Tuesday, March 29, 2016
    2:00-4:00 pm

    Speakers:
    Waye Mason, Councillor – District 7, will speak about the future plans of Cornwallis Park.

    Seamus McGreal, HRM Heritage Planner, will speak about the Barrington South Heritage Conservation District.

    Paul MacKinnon, Downtown Halifax Business Commission Executive Director, will speak about Downtown Halifax trends.

    Please RSVP to ivy@downtownhalifax.ca. Feel free to bring your neighbours.

    We would like to extend an invitation to all Downtown Halifax businesses located south of Bishop Street to join us for a networking and information session.

    The Henry House
    1222 Barrington Street
    Tuesday, March 29, 2016
    2:00-4:00 pm

    Speakers:
    Waye Mason, Councillor – District 7, will speak about the future plans of Cornwallis Park.

    Seamus McGreal, HRM Heritage Planner, will speak about the Barrington South Heritage Conservation District.

    Paul MacKinnon, Downtown Halifax Business Commission Executive Director, will speak about Downtown Halifax trends.

    Please RSVP to ivy@downtownhalifax.ca. Feel free to bring your neighbours.

  • Proposed Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District proceeds to next phase in approval process

    about 2 years ago

    Friday, June 12, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – A proposed Heritage Conservation District extending from Bishop Street along Hollis Street and Barrington Street to Cornwallis Park, referred to as the Old South Suburb, is moving into the public participation phase of the heritage district approval process.

    The municipality recently received acceptance notification from the provincial Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, of the district background study undertaken as part of the legislative approval process. This is an important step forward as it recognizes the historic significance of the district and allows the municipality to move into the public participation phase of... Continue reading

    Friday, June 12, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – A proposed Heritage Conservation District extending from Bishop Street along Hollis Street and Barrington Street to Cornwallis Park, referred to as the Old South Suburb, is moving into the public participation phase of the heritage district approval process.

    The municipality recently received acceptance notification from the provincial Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, of the district background study undertaken as part of the legislative approval process. This is an important step forward as it recognizes the historic significance of the district and allows the municipality to move into the public participation phase of the process.

    A Stakeholder Steering Committee comprised of area property owners, tenants, heritage subject matter experts and members of the municipal Heritage Advisory Committee will look at issues and opportunities, engage in the public participation process and review draft policy and regulations. The committee selection process was recently completed, and the municipality is pleased to announce its membership as follows:

    • Ms. Aurora Camano (member of Heritage Advisory Committee)
    • Ms. Kerry Gosse (representing the Nova Scotia Association of Architects, which owns a property within the Old South Suburb)
    • Mr. John Lawen (property owner)
    • Ms. Pascale van der Leest (member of Heritage Advisory Committee)
    • Ms. Heather MacDonald (tenant)
    • Dr. Elizabeth Pacey (member of Nova Scotia Heritage Trust)
    • Mr. Brian Vallis (tenant)

    It is anticipated that the Stakeholder Steering Committee will hold its first meeting later this month to initiate plans for the initial public participation event this summer.

    For more information on the proposed Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District, and work underway to establish other Heritage Conservation Districts, visit http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/heritage-conservation-districts.

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    Media Contact:

    Tiffany Chase
    Halifax Regional Municipality
    Public Affairs
    902-490-5057
    chaset@halifax.ca