Halifax – Granville Street / Mall

1895 Granville Street

A small part of Granville Street is recognized as historical. Between Duke Street and the Cogswell Interchange Ramp, the buildings on each side of the pedestrian-only square have a unique cachet. It has been recognized for its early association with commercial trading which dates back to the 1870’s and presents some special architecture. Please note that despite being all individual different constructions, they make a nice harmonious ensemble.

The cast iron façade building is a very rare example of this type of structure in Halifax dating back to the late 19th century.   The 1883-1885 Granville street building was constructed in 1860. Provided by the Architectural Iron Works of New York City, the iron was determined to be a durable material suitable for this type of use.

Many buildings were destroyed in the 1859 fire thus explaining the limited number of constructions in downtown Halifax dating before then.

Facing Duke Street, you will notice the two lion sculptures. They are linked with the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD).

Benches, fountain and memorials also enhance the square.