Community History

Rebuilding the Port Royal Habitation (1938 –1940) (c’ted)

This collection of photographs was compiled by Kenneth D. Harris, the Chief Architect for the reconstruction. The images document the stages of construction as well as many of the workers who built the Habitation. The explanatory text included with the images is largely taken from Mr. Harris’ notes. Click on each picture to enlarge it.

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Port Royal 021 West building showing the first layer of roof boarding in place.

Photograph taken October 5, 1939

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The entrance gateway being framed by a worker.

Photograph taken October 18, 1939

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A view looking north-east into the courtyard showing the Storehouse under construction.

Photograph taken October 5, 1939

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The DeMonts dwelling looking north-east from the courtyard.

Photograph taken August 8, 1939

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Roof trusses being set in place.

Photograph taken August 17, 1939

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View of the north line of buildings.

Photograph taken August 11, 1939

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A roof truss being raised into place.

Photograph taken August 19, 1939

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Wooden staging was built while masons completed the stone chimney stacks.

Photograph taken September 5, 1939

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Interior view of south line building showing wall nogging.

Photograph taken September 11, 1939

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The courtyard of the Habitation ready for its first winter.

Photograph taken November 27, 1939

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Photograph taken on the occasion of the official transfer of the Habitation from Engineering and Construction Service to National Parks Bureau. (From L to R) Lt. Col. E.K. Eaton Honourary Superintendent at Fort Anne, K.D. Harris chief architect, A.E. Parker caretaker, C.B. Allen foreman of construction.

Photograph taken February 27, 1940

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A view of the Habitation after the completion of construction.

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A view of the Habitation after the completion of construction.

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The Albert Parker house in Port Royal (Lower Granville). This house was removed from the site in 1970.

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The John Robblee house in Port Royal (Lower Granville).

Photograph taken February 24, 1939

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View of the community of Lower Granville with Goat Island in the background.

Photograph taken December 1, 1939

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