haven’t experienced Halifax till you visit the Historic
Properties. Anchoring the city’s downtown core, the
district hearkens back to the great Age of Sail, when merchant
ships, privateers and naval ships plied the Harbour waters.
Seafarers built this city, and the wharves and warehouses
that were the base of operation later became known as the
Noteworthy buildings of the period
include the Privateers Warehouse, which was built to support
activities of the daring sea captains who plundered enemy
ships for the Crown. It would take a book to detail all the
stories behind these buildings. It’s well worth your
time to spend an afternoon ambling around the area, soaking
up the history. It feels as if nothing’s changed.
But it wasn’t always this way. In the 1960s, the buildings
were slated for destruction in the name of urban renewal.
Luckily, some farsighted citizens fought the move, and saved
the buildings. Their actions really preserved the heart
of the city. Each of these sites has been lovingly restored,
with an emphasis on maintaining their unique history and
atmosphere for you to experience. Many of the buildings had
to be stripped down to their old wood and stone shells to
their former glory. But the hard work paid off. One of the first projects of its type in North America, the Historic Properties district has won numerous awards.