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Relocated to the National Gallery, Ottawa - 1976

The Croscup Room, as it is now known originally was the main parlour in the Hall-Croscup House situated at Karsdale, Nova Scotia, on the north shore of the Annapolis Basin a few miles west of Annapolis Royal. About 1846-1848 this room was painted by an unidentified artist for William Croscup and his wife, Hannah Amelia Shaffner, with a remarkable group of scenic wall murals executed in oil and graphite on plaster and set within a wooden architectural framework decorated in simulated marble and fine wood grains. Although academically untrained, the Croscup artist was evidently a knowledgeable designer.     ...read more

History of the Painted Rooms Project

The removal in 1976 of an entire painted room from Karsdale, Annapolis County to the National Gallery in Ottawa prompted Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia to form its first Painted Rooms Committee. Two active members, Joyce McCulloch and Cora Greenaway instigated the formation of The Friends of the Painted Room Society which existed from 1976 to 1979, with the mission to locate, document and protect historical painted interiors throughout the province. By 1979, nineteen interiors had been catalogued and photographed.

In 2007 the Painted Rooms Project was renewed. A committee was formed with board members Andrew Powter, Wallace Brannen, Joyce MucCulloch and art conservator Michelle Gallinger. The objective was to expand the documentation and to create public awareness of painted rooms as part of our cultural heritage. An important goal was to make information about this part of Nova Scotia heritage available to the public and to researchers. The project also sought to facilitate preservation of historical painted interiors by providing information on maintenance and protection requirements.

As of 2013, the present database, describing and often illustrating more than one hundred thirty painted interiors, is accessible online to the public.


Production of the Painted Rooms On-line Database

The database was designed for The Painted Rooms Project in 2007 by student Glen Kilian from the NSCC's Centre of Geographical Sciences. A Young Canada Works grant in 2009 allowed Heritage Trust to engage Erin Flegg and Leeann Roy, graduates from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, as researchers for the project. Aaron Allen wrote the software permitting the liaison between our off-line database and the web-based version. This allows the material to be reviewed and updated as our research expands, and as the public provides input. Liz MacDougall, webadmin for the Heritage Trust, designed the Painted Rooms web site.