Hammond/Black House

Hammond/Black House
82 York Street, Sackville, N.B.

Belonging originally to Joseph B. Bowser, this property was acquired by the artist John Hammond who came to Sackville to teach Fine Arts at the Mount Allison Ladies’ College. Hammond had the house built in 1896 to designs prepared by the Toronto architect Edmund Burke. The building is an excellent example of the Queen Anne Revival style, combined with use of shingles and a Dutch gambrel roof which are elements of the American Shingle style. The dining room features a continuous mural frieze by Hammond. Currently it is the only house in Sackville to be designated as a National Historic Site of Canada.The house was acquired by Fred Ryan in 1909 and sold in 1912 to businessman Frank B. Black, who had a long and distinguished military career, served as Mayor of Sackville, was elected to the New Brunswick Legislature, and was called to the Senate in 1921.

After being acquired by Mount Allison University in 1958, the house served as the residence of the university President until 1975 when it became home to the university’s External Relations department, including the Alumni Office. After extensive renovation and restoration work the house again became the home of the University President in 2013.

The house was designated a National Historic Site on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 1990.

Hammond House National Historic Site of Canada.

This site is also listed in the Canadian Register of Historic Places; for fuller details see Black House

This building is within the Town of Sackville Municipal Heritage Conservation Area B.

“Mount Allison to restore National Historic Site,” Sackville Tribune-Post, 24 October 2012, p.16.

“Mount Allison announces $1.5 M gift for preservation of heritage building,” Sackville Tribune-Post, 10 December 2014, p.7.

See National Historic Site Re-Opens at Mount Allison, Mount Allison University, August 2013.

Leroux, John and Thaddeus Holownia, A Vision in Wood and Stone: The Architecture of Mount Allison University (Kentville, N.S.: Gaspereau Press, 2016), pp.55-57.

Jackson, Kip & Charlie Scobie, Sackville Then and Now: New Brunswick’s Oldest Town in Photographs (Tantramar Heritage Trust: Sackville, N.B., 2013), p.83.

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