Official Name of Historic Place
  • Diadema White House
Other Name of Historic Place
  • Spruce Lodge
Record ID 1608
Location of Supporting Documentation
  • Town of Sussex - Historic Places File # S-2-08
Location Information
Street Address
  • 177 Church Street
Postal Code
  • E4E 1Z5
  • Kings County NB
  • Sussex
  • Sussex
Image Type:Contemporary Photograph
Caption:Diadema White House
Description:East elevation
Copyright:Town of Sussex

Image Type:Contemporary Photograph
Caption:Diadema White House
Description:Veranda on north side of house
Copyright:Town of Sussex

Image Type:Other
Caption:Diadema White House
Description:Spruce Lodge brochure
Copyright:Town of Sussex
Statement of Significance
Place Description
The Diadema White House is a two-storey Queen Anne Revival style residence with front porch and side veranda located on Church Street.
Heritage Value
The Diadema White House is designated a Local Historic Place for its association with the C.T. White family, for its use as a hotel and for its architecture.

The Diadema White House is recognized for its association with C.T. White. C.T. White was a local industrialist who owned White Woodworking Co., a woodworking establishment. He had this house built in 1902 as a wedding present for his daughter, Diadema. It was among the first houses in Sussex to have electricity, with its own generator, and indoor plumbing. The house remained in the White family until it was sold in 1928 to Pearl Kiel.

The Diadema White House is also recognized for its role in the tourism industry of Sussex. Pearl Kiel used the house as an inn and dining room named “Spruce Lodge”. Kiel hosted people who would take the train from Saint John for day-trips.

The Diadema White House is also recognized for its architecture. It is an excellent example of Queen Anne Revival residential architecture from the turn of the 20th century. This style is apparent in its asymmetrical form, corner tower on the front façade and veranda.

Source: Town of Sussex, Historic Places File #S-2-08
Character-Defining Elements
The character-defining elements that relate to the Queen Anne Revival style of the Diadema White House include:
- two-storey asymmetrical massing;
- hipped roof;
- three-storey round tower with conical roof on the right corner of the front façade;
- portion of original front porch with pediment;
- side veranda on north side;
- hipped roof dormers;
- variety of siding materials, including clapboards on lower part of house and shingle siding on the tower and gables;
- irregular fenestration of rectangular windows of various sizes;
- dentil trim under the eaves;
- two-storey bay on north side.
Important Dates
  • 1902
Architect / Builder Information
  • White Woodworking
Historic Functions
Commerce / Commercial Services
  • Hotel, Motel or Inn
  • Single Dwelling
Current Functions
  • Single Dwelling
Developing Economies
  • Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
  • Architecture and Design
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)
  • 2008-08-25
Category of Property
  • Private
Cartographic Identifiers
Description of Boundaries
  • PID: 30214027
  • 2693 m2
UTM Zone Type
  • 20
Datum Type
  • North American DATUM 1983
Coordinate Determination
  • Digital Maps
  • 5065701.5000000
  • 304761.6000000
  • North American DATUM 1983
Coordinate Determination
  • Digital Maps
  • 45.71731
  • -65.50913
Web Site Links
No Data Available
  • Provincial Registrar
Contact Type
  • Provicial Registrar
    New Brunswick Register of Historic Places
Telephone Number
  • (506) 453-2324
Email Address

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