Customs House Inn - Pictou, NS
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N 45° 40.537 W 062° 42.413
20T E 522828 N 5058049
Quick Description: Right on the waterfront, the Customs House Inn is a small family run hotel in a historic old brick and sandstone building.
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Posted: 12/11/2018 4:19:05 PM
Waymark Code: WMZP1H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
The building was initially the Pictou Customs House, built circa 1874 to house the offices of the Customs and Immigration branch of the federal government. Given that it was built on the waterfront, a light tower was included in the original design but was lost to a 1954 hurricane.

We know not when the Customs House became the Customs House Inn, only that it was extensively renovated when repurposed in the late 1990s. The hotel closes through the winter, opening from April 1 to November 20. Current room rates range from $79.00 to $169.00 per night.

Amenities offered at the inn include 8 spacious air conditioned rooms with phone, wireless and hard-wired high speed internet, 4 piece bath, cable television, hardwood floors and a mini-fridge. Kitchenettes are available, 2 units are barrier free and a light breakfast is included.

Old Customs House
Old Customs House was built circa 1873 according to designs by Halifax architects Stirling and Dewar for the Federal Government. The building is located on what was originally a spit of land in close proximity to the major wharves. The Second Empire structure features a double façade looking out to the harbour and in to the town. The massive building was a forceful statement made by the federal government of a young country, an indelible imprint on the town’s streetscape. Prior to a 1956 hurricane, there was an enclosed light at the top of the tower on the harbour side.
From the Pictou Virtual Walking Tour

In 1874 the windmill on Windmill Hill, which had been there since about 1790, was demolished by the Dominion Government to make room for a Customs House. Increased shipping traffic through Pictou created a need to collect tariffs and customs duties, and to regulate the flow of goods and people through one of Canada’s most significant points of entry. The DG, as the government was frequently referred to, also provided offices in the new building for a harbour master and installed a tower with navigational lights. The brick-lined basement was designed to hold casks of liquor in bond, while awaiting payment for duties. There was also a stone sink for draining confiscated alcohol during the 1898-1929 Prohibition. The eleven-foot ceilings and seven marble fireplaces contributed to the building’s conversion to an inn in the late 1990s.
From the Pictou Advocate, October 4, 2006

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Name of the Hotel: Customs House Inn

Address:
38 Depot Street
Pictou, Nova Scotia
Canada
B0K 1H0


Number of Rooms: 8

Height in floors: 2

Hotel since: 1/1/1998

Date Building was built: 1/1/1874

First use of building:
Customs House


Historic Hotel (Historic Building, National Monument or similar): no

Urban Hotel (located in a village or town): yes

Mountains Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): no

Beachs Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): yes

Historic Place nearby (Unesco or National monument/site less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): yes

Major Pilgrimage Place Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil. Consider any religion).: no

Hotel website (if available): [Web Link]

Hotel Rating: Not listed

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