Morris House restoration slow work, but progressing
Scaffolding due to come down in the coming weeks
Restoration of Halifax’s historic Morris House continues, but contractors say it’s slow work when dealing with a building as old as this one.
Slated for demolition in 2009, Morris House was saved by the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. The group bought the structure for $1 and joined forces with housing groups and the Ecology Action Centre to find it a new home in the city's north end. In January, 2013 it was moved to the corner of Creighton and Charles streets.
Work on the exterior is close to completion and the scaffolding and plastic surrounding it are due to come down in the next few weeks.
Morris House considered one of the earliest in Halifax
General contractor Patrick Jardine says restoring such an old building is slow work.
“It has a lot to do with heritage buildings. Maintaining the integrity of an old building is really difficult, so if you want to maintain the integrity, you have to do it really slowly,” he said.
The grey, wood-shingled Morris House was named after the city's first surveyor and is considered to be among the earliest houses built in Halifax.
It's hoped the building will be ready by fall. It will be used by youth who have trouble finding housing.