Henry House (Halifax)

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Henry House
Black and white photograph from 1879 of Henry House with carriage in front
Henry House c. 1879
Map of Nova Scotia
Map of Nova Scotia
Location of Henry House in Nova Scotia
General information
Address1222 Barrington Street
Town or cityHalifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia
Coordinates44°38′25″N 63°34′15″W / 44.64028°N 63.57083°W / 44.64028; -63.57083
Current tenantsHenry House (restaurant)
Clientbuilder/owner = John Metzler, stonemason working on Citadel Hill fortifications
Official nameHenry House National Historic Site of Canada
TypeProvincially Registered Property
TypeMunicipally Registered Property

Henry House is a two-and-a-half-storey stone house located on Barrington Street in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada. The house is designated a National Historic Site of Canada,[1] and is both a Provincially Registered Property and a Municipally Registered Property under the provincial Heritage Property Act.[2][3]


Henry House (August 2019)

The house was built in 1834 for John Metzler, a prosperous Halifax stonemason and landowner. It is primarily known for its association with William Alexander Henry, a prominent native of Halifax who resided here with his family from 1854-1864. Henry was a Father of Confederation, a co-author of the British North America Act, a provincial Attorney General,a Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, a Mayor of Halifax and the first Nova Scotian to serve as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.[2]

The building served as a Sailors' Home in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, operated by the Navy League of Canada (Halifax Branch). In 1968 it was sold to Richard (Dick) Raymond and Jacques Ducau, who did extensive renovations and opened The Henry House(restaurant) and Little Stone Jug (downstairs tavern) in 1969.

Since then the well-known restaurant has been in continuous operation, and it is still called The Henry House Restaurant & Pub.

The Henry House was designated a National Historic Site in 1969.[1]


Henry House has a gable roof, and has ashlar granite facades with ironstone on the gable ends. The architecture is generally representative of a typical style used in early 19th-century British North America for elite residences. In particular, it is an excellent example of the Halifax House style, a design brought to Nova Scotia by Scottish masons and characterized by three bays and a side hall plan.[3]

Mason's marks on the stone walls of Henry House:


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