Nova Scotia

Historic Morris House project hits funding snag

A project to move an old Halifax house across town and convert it into a youth home has hit a snag as expected provincial and federal funding has fallen through.

Funding from province and federal government has fallen through

The 249-year-old Morris House now sits at the corner of Charles and Creighton streets in north-end Halifax. (CBC)

A project to move an old Halifax house across town and convert it into a youth home has hit a snag.

Some of the funding for the 249-year-old Morris House has not come through as expected. That that means the projected fall 2013 opening of the house will be pushed back until at least the spring of 2014.

Recently, a request for $100,000 in provincial funding was turned down by the Department of Community Services. An application for $500,000 in federal funding for the project was also rejected.

In January, the heritage house made a massive move from Hollis Street in south-end Halifax to the city’s north end.

Carol Charlebois, the executive director of Metro Non-Profit Housing Association, said the group will continue to apply for grants and seek private donations. 

"We are still planning to go ahead," she said. "We may have to do it in two phases now, originally we were going to put an addition on it but we may just do the Morris building first."

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.

Since 2009, the house was stored in the parking lot of Nova Scotia Power on Lower Water Street. The utility charged the trust just $1 per year for the storage space.

The house now sits at the corner of Creighton and Charles streets.

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.