Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia / Projects / HRM Committee / Saving the Morris Building - Fundraising

Projects - HRM Committee

• Protecting the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District
• Moving the Former Offices of Charles Morris, Chief Surveyor
• Saving the Morris Building - Fundraising


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PostediconDeember 12, 2011 icon

Press Release - CMHC SEED Grant for Morris House Adaptation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has awarded a $10,000 SEED grant to the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia to assist in adapting the Charles Morris building for affordable housing.

The Morris building was constructed about 1764 and used by Nova Scotia’s Chief Surveyors, Charles Morris II, Charles Morris III and John Spry Morris. The building is thought to be the fourth-oldest in Halifax. In June, 2011, Metro Non-Profit Housing Association (MNPHA) and the Ark Youth Drop-In Centre partnered with the Trust and the Ecology Action Centre in the Morris House Project.

The Morris House is slated to become affordable long-term housing for young adults under management of the MNPHA and Ark, with tenants coming from the Ark Drop-In program. The Joint Action Committee, in collaboration with Jost Architects, has drafted several floor plans to satisfy green architecture, zoning, and tenant requirements. Meetings between the JAC and city officials are being held to negotiate and decide upon appropriate building measures for a proposed addition to the property.

The Morris House Project's Joint Action Committee (JAC) has located a permanent location for the property on the peninsula and is in the process of negotiations with the land owner.

In addition to donations, the Morris House Project is selling salvaged heritage bricks from the Rhuland House for $1.50 per brick.
Contact us: morris_house@htns.ca


PostediconJanuary 20, 2011 icon

Saving the Morris Building

For fifty years the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia has worked to preserve our irreplaceable built heritage; the buildings and spaces that speak to us of our past.

The Heritage Trust and other parties have just saved one very special place from the wrecker’s ball, the Charles Morris Office Building. The building on Hollis Street was the office Nova Scotia’s Surveyors-General, who laid out the plans for many Maritime communities. Along with St. Paul’s Church, the little Dutch Church and Carleton House, it is one of Halifax’s four oldest buildings.

Until December, 2009, the building was slated for demolition but with the support of the Ecology Action Centre, Nova Scotia Power, HRM, Dexel Developments, Pascal Holdings, and Councillors Bob Harvey, Dawn Sloane and Jennifer Watts, the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia helped to save this vital part of Nova Scotia’s built heritage from the landfill. It has now been temporarily located on a nearby site owned by Nova Scotia Power Inc.

The Morris Building galvanized such unprecedented support because, as a demonstration project, it represents a new way of approaching the built environment. One which, while celebrating heritage values, also speaks to the enormous environmental benefits embodied in adaptive reuse of buildings and how we might address issues of energy efficiencies and sustainability through their preservation.

We are appealing for the financial help of all members of the public to raise more than $30,000 to cover costs associated with moving the building and maintaining it until permanent arrangements can be made for its future.


PostediconJanuary 20, 2011 icon

We Need Your Help

Please consider a generous financial donation to this important campaign to save a significant piece of our built heritage. Your donation is eligible for a tax receipt for income tax purposes.

Cheques can be made payable to the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia and sent to:

Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia - Morris Fund
PO Box 36111, RPO Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3S9

Need more information? Like to make a donation? Please contact Peter Delefes, at (902-826-2087) or by e-mail at: morris_house@htns.ca

>>click here to read about how this house was moved to a new location <<