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19 Collins Street

19-Collins-StreetSTREET ADDRESS: 19 Collins Street

CITY/TOWN/VILLAGE: Yarmouth

MUNICIPALITY: Yarmouth

COUNTY: Yarmouth

YEAR BUILT: 1889

ARCHITECTURAL COMMENT:

Queen Anne Revival in its style, this house is two storeys high and of wood construction. The symmetrical facade has an off entered doorway and a round corner tower. There is a steeply pitched roof with one large chimney, discreetly placed, a second chimney is located on the back extension. The eaves are trimmed with decorative brackets. A two storey, three sided bay is found at the side and a matching bay is located above the portico. The main entrance is located in an enclosed porch with stained glass windows to the sides, decorative brackets support a heavy entabliture above the portico. A second entrance is located to the back of the east side in an enclosed gallery. The exterior foundation is faced with brick.

HISTORICAL COMMENT:

Originally part of the John Bingay estate this land was purchased by M. Pickles Cook in 1889 from an heir of John Bingay. The purchase price at that time was $600.00. It is assumed that Cook built this house within the next year when he is listed as residing here. Cook was in business with Thomas W. Stoneman, whose home was just up the street (now 23 Collins Street). Cook and Stoneman operated a dry goods store at what was then 327 Main Street.

CONTEXTUAL COMMENT:

Situated near the intersection of two streets this house is surrounded by trees and an old hedge. A modern bungalow has been built very close on the west side. Early pictures show a peak section on the tower which has been lost. This Victorian design home is well suited to the neighbourhood in age and style.

PRESENT OWNER: Garth Hatfield

ADDRESS: 19 Collins Street Yarmouth, N.S.

ORIGINAL OWNER: M. Pickles Cook

OCCUPATION: Merchant

BUILDER: Benjamin Wyman

ORIGINAL USE: Home

PRESENT USE: Home

HISTORY OF BUILDING
OWNER: FROM: TO: OCCUPATION BOOK-PAGE
Jacob Bingay Apr. 16 1866 Feb. 18 1889 Shipowner AP 463
M. Pickles Cook Feb. 18 1889 Feb. 4 1944 Merchant BQ 848
Harold Cook Feb. 4 1944 June 15 1944 Merchant Will #1209
Garth Hatfield June 15 1944 Oct. 6 1999 Merchant ET 68
Bernice Hatfield 06 Oct. 1999 Present Widow of Garth N/A

COMMENTS ON HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS:

Michael Pickles Cook was born in Milton, September 28, 1858 the son of George W. and Elizabeth Griswold Cook. As a young man he moved to town and worked for Bailey and Killam as a Junior Clerk and later entered into partnership with Thomas W. Stoneman. Eventually he took over Mr. Stoneman's interest and continued under the firm M.P. Cook and Company. His son Harold was a member of the firm and worked for his father except for a few years spent in the United States.

M. Pickles Cook was a past president of the Yarmouth Board of Trade. He also served several terms as Town Councillor.

SOURCES: Registry of Deeds (Yarmouth) Yarmouth Directories (1890)(1895) BEV Map (1889) D.D. Currie Publisher Yarmouth Times, Jan. 1, 1890

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