Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District

The Old South Suburb is the oldest suburb in Halifax. The heritage value of the Old South Suburb is characterized in its many registered and non-registered historic buildings, streets, and formal open spaces. The heritage value of the District is characterized in its overall cohesive architectural character as styles shifted gradually between Georgian and Victorian periods. The heritage value is also characterized in the monumental railway destination of the early modern period characterized in the architecture of the CN hotel (Westin Hotel) and railway station and their surrounding park and open space.

There are 44 registered municipal heritage properties that are currently protected from demolition or exterior alteration within the Old South Suburb. There are also many historic buildings that contribute to the character of the area that are not registered but deserve conservation. There is an opportunity to both celebrate and conserve the heritage of downtown Halifax in this District. Continued pressure for redevelopment in this area can pose a threat to the heritage value and character of the District. However, new development can also represent an opportunity to conserve and contribute to its unique character with appropriate conservation standards and design guidelines in place.

There is significant residential and commercial interest in this area. As such, there is a need to support private sector confidence and to create an environment which encourages private investment. There is also a need to support commercial activity by promoting and marketing the area as an attractive cultural heritage and commercial destination. A comprehensive strategy, such as a Heritage Conservation District plan and bylaw, will serve to coordinate municipal and private interests in the protection, conservation, and revitalization of the District. To achieve these objectives, heritage conservation measures will include policies regarding demolition, exterior alteration, appropriate scale and character of new development and conservation of setting.





The Old South Suburb is the oldest suburb in Halifax. The heritage value of the Old South Suburb is characterized in its many registered and non-registered historic buildings, streets, and formal open spaces. The heritage value of the District is characterized in its overall cohesive architectural character as styles shifted gradually between Georgian and Victorian periods. The heritage value is also characterized in the monumental railway destination of the early modern period characterized in the architecture of the CN hotel (Westin Hotel) and railway station and their surrounding park and open space.

There are 44 registered municipal heritage properties that are currently protected from demolition or exterior alteration within the Old South Suburb. There are also many historic buildings that contribute to the character of the area that are not registered but deserve conservation. There is an opportunity to both celebrate and conserve the heritage of downtown Halifax in this District. Continued pressure for redevelopment in this area can pose a threat to the heritage value and character of the District. However, new development can also represent an opportunity to conserve and contribute to its unique character with appropriate conservation standards and design guidelines in place.

There is significant residential and commercial interest in this area. As such, there is a need to support private sector confidence and to create an environment which encourages private investment. There is also a need to support commercial activity by promoting and marketing the area as an attractive cultural heritage and commercial destination. A comprehensive strategy, such as a Heritage Conservation District plan and bylaw, will serve to coordinate municipal and private interests in the protection, conservation, and revitalization of the District. To achieve these objectives, heritage conservation measures will include policies regarding demolition, exterior alteration, appropriate scale and character of new development and conservation of setting.