Official Name of Historic Place
  • Brooks Residence
Record ID 1473
Location of Supporting Documentation
  • Town of Sussex - Historic Places File # 6
Location Information
Street Address
  • 148 Maple Avenue
Postal Code
  • E4E 2N3
  • Kings County NB
  • Sussex
Image Type:Contemporary Photograph
Caption:Brooks Residence
Description:View from the west
Copyright:Town of Sussex

Image Type:Historic Image
Caption:Brooks Residence
Description:Portrait of Alfred J. Brooks
Copyright:Mary Amber Sidney, Mary Vera Sidney

Image Type:Contemporary Photograph
Caption:Brooks Residence
Description:View from the east
Copyright:Town of Sussex
Statement of Significance
Place Description
The Brooks Residence is a two-and-a-half storey Queen Anne Revival Shingle style residence with front veranda and second storey gable-end porch located on Maple Avenue.
Heritage Value
The Brooks Residence is designated a Local Historic Place for its association with the Alfred Johnson Brooks family and for its architecture.

The Brooks Residence is recognized for its association with the family of Alfred J. Brooks. The residence was built in 1902 by Charles Perry, a local accountant, who sold the residence in 1928 to Alfred Johnson Brooks. The residence remained in the Brooks family until 2003. Alfred J. Brooks practiced law in Sussex. In 1925, he was elected to the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly. He was a member of the Assembly until 1935. He was Deputy Speaker from 1930 to 1935. In 1935, Mr. Brooks was elected to the House of Commons as member for Royal, and was a member of the House until 1960 when he was appointed to the Senate of Canada. He was the Minister of Veterans Affairs from 1957 to 1960. He was a senator until 1967, when he resigned for health reasons. He died later that year. Mr. Brooks was active in the military, first as a Major in the 26th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War I, and then as a Lt. Col. During World War II. Mr. Brooks is buried in the Kirkhill Cemetery.

The Brooks Residence is also recognized for being a good example of the Queen Anne Revival Shingle style of residential architecture. This style is apparent in the form, volume and details of the residence. Several features such as the full width veranda with Chinese influenced railings, eaves on several levels and cross gables are more specifically of the early Shingle style.

Source: Town of Sussex, Historic Places file #6
Character-Defining Elements
The character-defining elements of the Brooks Residence include:
- two-and-a-half storey irregular massing;
- hipped roof;
- gabled bays with pediments on the front façade and on the west side;
- gable dormer with pediment on the east side;
- placement of rectangular door and window openings;
- full-width wrap-around veranda;
- Chinese influenced railings;
- second floor porch with double row of square trim below eaves;
- "X" detail below second storey windows on west side;
- shingle siding;
- painting scheme emphasizing distinctive trim.
Important Dates
  • 1902
  • 1928 To 2003
Architect / Builder Information
  • Charles Perry
Historic Functions
  • Single Dwelling
Current Functions
  • Single Dwelling
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
  • Architecture and Design
Governing Canada
  • Politics and Political Processes
Peopling the Land
  • Settlement
Type [Number of contributing resources]:
  • Building [1]
Recognition Information
  • Local Governments (NB)
Formal Recognition Type
  • Local Historic Place (municipal)
  • Heritage Conservation Act
Recognition Date (M/D/Y)
  • 2007-11-26
Category of Property
  • Private
Cartographic Identifiers
Description of Boundaries
  • PID: 30216642
  • 1698 m2
UTM Zone Type
  • 20
Datum Type
  • North American DATUM 1983
Coordinate Determination
  • Digital Maps
  • 5066683.9000000
  • 305130.9000000
  • North American DATUM 1983
Coordinate Determination
  • Digital Maps
  • 45.72626
  • -65.50434
Web Site Links
Federal/Provincial/Territorial web site
Parliament of Canada website
Irish Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick website
  • Provincial Registrar
Contact Type
  • Provicial Registrar
    New Brunswick Register of Historic Places
Telephone Number
  • (506) 453-2324
Email Address

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