Official Name of Historic Place
  • Jonah Residence
Other Name of Historic Place
  • Jonah Place Bed & Breakfast Inn
Record ID 1602
Location of Supporting Documentation
  • Town of Sussex, Historic Places File # S-1-08
Location Information
Street Address
  • 977 Main Street
Postal Code
  • E4E 2M7
County
  • Kings County NB
Community
  • Sussex
Parish
  • Sussex
Images
Image Type:Contemporary Photograph
Caption:Jonah Residence
Description:View from the east
Copyright:Town of Sussex

Image Type:Contemporary Photograph
Caption:Jonah Residence
Description:View from the west
Copyright:Town of Sussex

Image Type:Contemporary Photograph
Caption:Jonah Residence
Description:Brackets under eave of gable
Copyright:Town of Sussex
Statement of Significance
Place Description
The Jonah Residence is a two-and-a-half storey Italianate-inspired Classic Revival residence with a veranda on the front façade, an attached barn to the rear of house, as well as a separate barn.
Heritage Value
The Jonah Residence is designated a Local Historic Place for its associations with the Jonah Family and the Sussex Mural Project, as well as for its architecture.

The Jonah Residence is recognized for its association with the family of Wilfred Burwell Jonah. The residence was built in 1884 for Charles W. Stockton, a descendant of Loyalists, who in 1910 sold it to the Jonah family. The Jonahs owned the house from 1910 to 1962. Wilfred Burwell Jonah, who was born in 1859, lived in Sussex from 1905 where he practiced law. In 1911 he was appointed a county judge for Albert-Kings, serving until his death in 1932. His son, Harry Nelson Jonah who was born in 1897, was a lawyer in practice with Senator Alfred Brook in Sussex, a Sussex town councillor from 1936 1937, town clerk for Sussex from 1938 until 1957, and a member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1956 until 1962 when he was appointed a county judge. He died in 1985.

The Jonah Residence is recognized for its association with the Sussex Mural Project. From 2002 until 2008, the Jonah Residence was owned by Robert Gulman who operated a bed and breakfast on the premises. He conceived the Sussex Mural Project as a method to raise awareness of Sussex and to bring tourists to the town.

The Jonah Residence is also recognized for its architecture being a good example of Classic Revival residential architecture with Italianate influences from the late Victorian period. The classical forms of the Classic Revival style are enhanced by such Italianate details as the heavy paired brackets under the eaves and the wide, full-width veranda.

Source: Town of Sussex, Historic Places File #S-1-08
Character-Defining Elements
The character-defining elements that describe the Jonah Residence include:
- rectangular two-and-a-half storey massing with one-and-a-half storey attached rectangular barn;
- wooden construction with clapboard siding;
- end gable entrance;
- wide, full-width veranda on front façade;
- paired brackets under eaves;
- bracketed entablatures over rectangular windows;
- two bay windows on right-hand side;
- bay window on rear;
- gable dormers;
- period in-situ barn.

The character-defining elements relating to the interior of the residence include:
- original tin wainscoting, newel post and banister in the front hall;
- twin parlours with original “log cabin” hardwood floors;
- marble fireplaces in parlours;
- decorative crown mouldings in parlours;
- built-in bench in parlour.
Important Dates
Construction
  • 1884
Architect / Builder Information
No Data Available
Historic Functions
Residence
  • Single Dwelling
Current Functions
Commerce / Commercial Services
  • Hotel, Motel or Inn
Themes
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
  • Architecture and Design
Governing Canada
  • Government and Institutions
  • Security and Law
Peopling the Land
  • Settlement
Resources
Type [Number of contributing resources]:
  • Building [3]
Recognition Information
Authority
  • Local Governments (NB)
Formal Recognition Type
  • Local Historic Place (municipal)
Statute
  • Heritage Conservation Act
Recognition Date (M/D/Y)
  • 2008-08-25
Category of Property
  • Private
Cartographic Identifiers
Description of Boundaries
  • PID 00465831
Area
  • 5908 m2
UTM
UTM Zone Type
  • 20
Datum Type
  • North American DATUM 1983
Coordinate Determination
  • Digital Maps
Northing
  • 50656863.0000000
Easting
  • 3058703.0000000
Latitude/Longitude
Datum
  • North American DATUM 1983
Coordinate Determination
  • Digital Maps
Latitude
  • 45.71750
Longitude
  • -65.49444
Web Site Links
Historic place web site
Official website for Jonah Place Bed & Breakfast Inn
Contacts
Name
  • Provincial Registrar
Contact Type
  • Provicial Registrar
    New Brunswick Register of Historic Places
Telephone Number
  • (506) 453-2324
Email Address
  • rhp.rlp@gnb.ca


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