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Beinn Bhreagh, Baddeck, N.S.

In 1892, Alexander and Mabel Bell embarked on construction of their 32-room house summer castle "Beinn Breagh", Gaelic for beautiful mountain. Mr. Everett, senior partner of Cabot, Everett & Meade of Boston and New York, was the architect. Nova Scotia's Rhodes, Curry Company was the builder. The Bells moved into their "summer castle" the following year and then spent the winter there! Queen Anne Revival or High Victorian Eclectic and Shingle Style buildings, 1880-1905, include the following characteristics: wood, brick, stucco or stone construction or some combination thereof, 3 storeys, complex steeply pitched roofs( combination of hip and gabled ) often covered with patterned shingles, centred or off centred doorways, asymmetrical facade, towers and projecting gays, and receding verandahs.

Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service

Reference: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives no. 1934

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