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Old Posted Apr 12, 2021, 12:40 PM
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It is a bit confusing but I believe that is west of the hospitals area and is the Dal Campus. The long diagonal street running from the left edge to the top edge is Robie St looking north towards SGR and the cemetary beyond.
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The street corner in the foreground is South and Wellington, I believe, so you would be correct Keith.
You're both correct - it's both hospital and university territory. The old Grace Maternity Hospital on the north side of University Avenue (corner of Summer Street) is clearly identifiable in that photo, and was on land donated by Dalhousie on its campus. Directly across University, on the south side, you can see the old Halifax Children's Hospital (long, low three-storey brick building; predecessor to the IWK), and, beside it to the east, the old Civic Hospital.

I'd circle them for easier identification but lack the know-how...

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The large building in the foreground to the left (on the corner of Robie and South streets) is the old Halifax Poor House (Asylum), which replaced the one that burnt down (killing many residents/inmates) in 1882.



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Old Posted Apr 12, 2021, 3:50 PM
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Yes, it's the current IWK-VG block in the foreground then the Dalhousie Carleton campus behind that. I was surprised that the Forrest Building was already missing part of its tower. Also interesting to see another building to the right of the Dal Medicine building (not sure of its name) that is now connected to Tupper.

You can also see All Saints and maybe the old VG: https://archives.novascotia.ca/notman/archives/?ID=970

I've found pictures of the old poor house after it burned down, and the new poor house, but never the original before the fire.

Also you can see both older wings on Sacred Heart.

Another small mystery to me is why the mixed residential happened between Robie and Summer Street around Spring Garden Road. I would have also expected that to be common land.
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Also interesting to see another building to the right of the Dal Medicine building (not sure of its name) that is now connected to Tupper.
Unless I'm misunderstanding your description, that's the old Grace.
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Unless I'm misunderstanding your description, that's the old Grace.
Yes, looking at Google results, that is the one. Also it shows a variety of pictures over the years and the condition of the building changing dramatically. It looks like a hideous frankenbuilding by the 70's, so not surprising it was torn down.
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Yes, looking at Google results, that is the one. Also it shows a variety of pictures over the years and the condition of the building changing dramatically. It looks like a hideous frankenbuilding by the 70's, so not surprising it was torn down.
It performed its purpose wonderfully but eventually of course had to be replaced. The Salvation Army built a beautiful new Grace adjacent to the IWK, which opened in '90 or '91 (I think '91 but would have to re-check) but only operated independently for a year or two before being folded into the IWK operation.
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I've found pictures of the old poor house after it burned down, and the new poor house, but never the original before the fire.
This is the closest I have ever seen (from 1880):



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IIRC, the four tall tubular structures were ventilation shafts (which IMHO make it appear castle-like in the photo).

Here's a pic from after the fire, as you mentioned.



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I can't help but think that there must have been good clear photos taken of it after construction was complete as it would have been one of the more impressive-looking buildings in Halifax in the 1870s-80s. Maybe they will turn up some day.

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In 1868, the firm Peters, Blaiklock & Peters, took the contract to construct a large poor house on the corner of Robie and South Streets. The first home in Halifax had been located on the spring garden road, but it soon proved inadequate and for many years, petitions were written proposing the construction of a new and more spacious building. The Acadian Recorder of 17 April, 1867 carried a notice of tender for “the erection of a brick building, on the south common.”

Henry Peters (buried in Holy Cross) employed the designs of David Sterling, whose plans called for a building in the form of a “latin cross, with four wings descending from a central building, which measured 180 feet long, 50 feet wide, and four stories high.” The construction was completed near Christmas 1869, and according to Halifax historian Peter McGuigan, the new poor house was “a noble monument to charity and benevolence... it was a combination of an old-age home, an asylum for poor families, a minor hospital, a refuge for the mentally and physically disabled, and a place for inebriates.”

On 6 November 1882 the poor house was the scene of a tragic and deadly fire. The inferno broke out in the kitchen area of the building (in the basement where twenty cord of wood was stored) around midnight. It quickly spread up the elevator shaft and into the dormitories, which caused “utmost terror among the four or five hundred inmates.” That evening the wind was from the north-west and the first witnesses to the scene saw smoke pouring out of the windows, but could not see flames.
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Motor section of the Halifax Fire Department from 1919, showing some detail of the Customs Building (torn down around 1961) in the background:



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