Friday, January 7, 2011

HRM Point of Interest #20: Garden Crest Apartments

When it opened in 1914, the Garden Crest - located across the street from the Public Gardens - was Halifax's first ever luxury apartment house. Its "spacious suites" with parlour room, pantry, kitchen, dining room, etc., were all deliciously described in a local newspaper of the time. Special attention was paid in the article to the ingenious system of "speaking tubes" for callers to communicate with occupants, as well as to its innovative fire-resistant asbestos plaster board. The apartment building was partially destroyed then rebuilt in 2002, with the architects attempting to stay as loyal as possible to the original design.

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