Day 176 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Art and Architecture in downtown Halifax.

Halifax’s skyline is testimony to the fix of century old landmarks and condo projects going on in the inner city.


Edward Cornwallis played an important part in the formation of Nova Scotia. Although he lived in a time when norms of behavior were different and Nova Scotia was a battleground, he has been criticized for his treatment of aboriginal people.

Cornwallis is infamous for ordering a bounty on the heads of Mi’kmaq warriors following the October 1749 Sawmill attack in Dartmouth. The Mi’kmaq were allied with the French, which resulted in the deaths of four civilians, of whom two were scalped and two were beheaded. This action led to further escalation of hostilities between the Mi’kmaq and the English Crown that included atrocities by both sides that did not end until the 1761 Treaty of Peace and Friendship.

A statue of Edward Cornwallis stands at the center of Cornwallis Park in downtown City of Halifax. Cornwallis Junior High School in Halifax is named for him.






The War Memorial is a centerpiece in front of the Halifax City Hall. The female figure has a haunting feeling with a blank, lifeless face. Perhaps this represents the sorrow surrounding the massive death toll of the Canadian soldiers at war.


The Old Town Clock on Citadel Hill.


Clock Tower on water front.


Halifax City Hall

The building fronts Duke Street and is located at the north end of Grand Parade, which is an historic military parade square dating back to the founding of Halifax in 1749. Dalhousie University was situated on the present-day site of the building during the nineteenth century, and for many years, the town and later the city council argued for the public use of the site. A compromise was engineered by the premier, Sir William Young to facilitate a new use for the site.

The provincial government provided funding for the university to relocate its facilities and the City of Halifax granted the university a 5-acre (20,000 m2) parcel of land elsewhere in the city to permit the university to expand. The university building was demolished to make way for the new structure and timbers from the old academic building were reportedly incorporated into the municipal building. It was designed by Edward Elliot and constructed for the City of Halifax between 1887 and 1890. It is one of the oldest and largest public buildings in Nova Scotia and it is a designated National Historic Site of Canada.


Halifax has gone through a number of changes as you can see by the missing building on the left, with just the outline of the roof.

On the right an alcove on this building is evidence that a once-present statue has been removed.


Halifax’s waterfront has retained an old city charm and history, despite being totally rebuilt after the Halifax Explosion in 1917.


There are many reliefs on the grand building in downtown Halifax. Some have not weathered so well, having been built out of sandstone, which does not stand up well to water.


John Greer’s “Origins” is in front of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia .


In memory of the 2200 known Canadian Merchant Seamen lost by enemy action.



A Canadian Flag Proudly Displayed on the Bank Of Nova Scotia Building



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