Architectural Home Style Guide:

Pictorial Dictionary of House Styles in North America:

Architecture Glossary:

Realtor Magazine’s architecture page, which includes a pictorial guide to Residential House Styles:

Buffalo Architecture and History website created by Chuck LaChiusa and devoted to Buffalo, New York, and its architectural heritage; it contains information on architecture and an extensive Illustrated Architectural Dictionary, and a section on Architectural Styles:

Building Canada is a website predating 1999 offering information researched by Professor Emeritus John Bland (1911-2002) of McGill University. It contains both a glossary and a section on Nova Scotia. Bland was instrumental in creating the course "The History of the Architecture of Canada", the first of its kind in the country:

Appointments can be made to look further into his research on McGill’s Historical Collections website:

Nova Scotia’s official website outlining why Heritage Properties are important, as well as resources on what qualifies a property and how to conserve a property, among others:
Also on this website is a section on how to register a property:

Canada’s Historic Places, a federal-provincial website devoted to Canadian historic places, containing the Canadian Register of Historic Places. It also features many national, provincial, and municipally registered sites as well as resources on standards and guidelines for conserving a historic property:
A printable version of the Standards and Guidelines is available here:

The Nova Scotia Heritage Trust was Formed in 1959 to "arrest the random decimation of Nova Scotia’s built heritage", it publishes the quarterly magazine The Griffin, and contains articles on heritage homes:

Ontario Architecture, created by Shannon Kyles of Mohawk College, it contains photographic listings of building styles and building terms:

Created by Professor Laurie Stanley-Blackwell of St. Francis Xavier University for the course "A Cultural and Intellectual History of Canada", this website contains useful information on small town architecture in Nova Scotia, including common architectural styles and a glossary of terms:

Selected DesBrisay Museum Resources:

Busy East of Canada, The. Bridgewater on the Beautiful LaHave, 75th Anniversary Reprint. Liverpool: Morton’s, 1993.

DesBrisay, M. B. History of the County of Lunenburg. Milton: Global Heritage Press,


Friends of the DesBrisay Museum and Bridgewater Heritage & Historical          Society. One

Hundred Years: A Pictorial History of Bridgewater. Bridgewater: Lighthouse, 1999.

Harlow, Audrey. The History of Bridgewater: the story of Bridgewater Nova Scotia.

Bridgewater: DesBrisay Museum Trustees, 1967.

Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. South Shore Seasoned Timbers, Volume 2. Halifax:

Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, 1974.

Heritage Unit of the Nova Scotia Department of Culture, Fitness, and Recreation. A Nova

Scotian’s Guide to Built Heritage: Architectural Styles 1604-1930. Halifax: Heritage Unit of the Nova Scotia Department of Culture, Fitness, and Recreation.

Penney, Allen. Houses of Nova Scotia: An illustrated guide to Architectural Style

Recognition. Halifax: Formac, 1989.

Plaskett, Bill and Selig, Gary. Historical Perspectives on a Modern Town: A Tour of

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, as part of “Seminars ‘85” Federation of Nova Scotian Heritage. Bridgewater: DesBrisay Museum, 1985.

Ricketts, Shannon; Maitland, Leslie; Hucker, Jacqueline. A Guide to Canadian

Architectural Styles, Second Edition. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2003.

Rosinski, Maud. Architects of Nova Scotia: A Biographical Dictionary, 1605-1950. Nova

Scotia: Province of Nova Scotia, Department of Municiple Affairs, Heritage Section, 1994.

Sheppard, Tom. Historic Bridgewater: Images of our Past. Halifax: Nimbus, 2008.

The following list identifies various fundamental books on Nova Scotia's built heritage.

Archibald, Stephen, and Sheila Stevenson. Historic Houses of Nova Scotia, 2003.

Carter, Margaret (Parks Canada). Researching Heritage Buildings, 1983.

Department of Culture, Recreation & Fitness, Heritage Unit. A Nova Scotian's Guide to

Built Heritage: Architectural Styles, 1604-1930, 1985.

Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. Researching a building in Nova Scotia, 1984.

Kimball, Fiske.  Domestic Architecture of the American Colonies and of the Early

Republic. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1922.  Republished Dover Publications, 1966 and following.

Latremouille, Joann.  Pride of Home: The working class housing tradition in Nova

Scotia, 1749-1949. Formac, 1989.

Martin, Margaret Burn, "Deeds and documentation of early Nova Scotian buildings" in

Nova Scotia Museum's The Occasional, vol. 3, no. 1, Summer 1975, pp. 10-20.

Pacey, Elizabeth. Landmarks: historic buildings of Nova Scotia.

Penney, Allen. Houses of Nova Scotia: an illustrated guide to architectural style

recognition, 1989.

Rifkind, Carole. A Field Guide to American Architecture. New American Library, 1980.

Rosinski, Maud. Architects of Nova Scotia: a biographical dictionary, 1605-1950, 1994.

Wallace, Arthur W. An Album of Drawings of Early Buildings in Nova Scotia. Heritage

Trust of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Museum, 1976.

Suggested in A Nova Scotian’s Guide to Built Heritage Architectural Styles, 1604-1930:

Abell, Walter. “An Introduction to Canadian Architecture”. Canadian Geographic

Journal (1991).

Humphreys, Barbara A. and Meredith Sykes. The Buildings of Canada: a guide to pre-

20th-century styles in houses, churches and other structures. Montreal: Parks Canada / Reader's Digest, 1974.

Rosinski, Maud. “A Study of Nova Scotia Architects”. Halifax Heritage Unit of the Nova

Scotia Department of Culture, Fitness, and Recreation, 1982.