New Brunswick

Saint John's Loyalist House renovations near completion

A year away from marking 200 years since its construction in 1817, Saint John Loyalist House is nearing the end of a $600,000 repair job that started two months ago.

Painter 'proud' to help spruce up historic building

The work underway at Loyalist House includes replacing the building's 30 windows and restoring its four chimneys. (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

The Saint John "Loyalist House" is nearing the end of a $600,000 repair job that started two months ago. The house is a year away the 200th anniversary of its construction in 1817. 

It was one of the few buildings in the city to survive the Great Fire of 1877.  It was home to prominent Loyalist Thomas Merritt, and is now a museum and national historic site.

The renovations include replacing the building's 30 windows, and restoring its four chimneys.

The scaffolding is expected to be long gone by the time Loyalist House hosts its grand re-opening in August. (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

Painter Anthony Thibodeau said it's "pretty neat" to be working on such an historic building.

"It's a piece of our history here in Saint John and I'm kind of proud to be working on it and sprucing it up the way we are," he said.

Time has taken a toll on Loyalist House, which was built almost 200 years ago. (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

The restoration project has turned up a few surprises. 36 shutters that used to grace the Georgian-style home were found in its carriage house. They, too, are now being restored and will be re-installed.

What Loyalist House looked like before the renovations started. (Tourism New Brunswick)

"We have pictures that show the shutters were there and actually we still have the old shutters. But the new ones will be so nice," said Deborah Coleman, treasurer of the New Brunswick Historical Society.

The society expects the work to be completed by the middle of June. A grand re-opening is planned for the beginning of August.

With files from Matthew Bingley


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