OUR BUILDING

The original owner of the lot on the corner of Church and Queen was Peter Fraser who purchased the property in 1789 and a log cabin stood on the property for over 100 years until it burned down. In 1898 the property was deeded to Edward Moore, a philanthropist and local politician, who was the director and a principal investor in the Hartt Boot and Shoe Factory. He commissioned Joshua Limerick to build this historic house. The windows and doors were made by J.C. Risteen and Co.

The House became the home of George Y. Dibblee shortly after its completion. His handsome wife was Charlotte Sutherland and they called their house with a corner tower “Dunrobin”. His second wife was Mary Robinson.

Dr. Ashburnham Pierce Crocket purchased the property in 1921 and resided in the house for forty years with his wife Alma Mary (Gibson) Crocket, the granddaughter of Alexander “Boss” Gibson, hence the name of the house became the Crocket House. Alice Mary Gibson Hughes (nee Chisholm), the great niece of the Crockets, recounts visits to her Aunt “Smug” and Uncle “Burnie” (he shortened his Christian name as did most of his brothers and sisters as their scholarly father had given them long and unusual names). Dr. Crocket studied medicine in London and Boston and Aunt Smug was a graduate of music from Mt. Alison University in Sackville. Dr. Crocket’s medical practice (he was an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist) was part of the home and in good weather, they took tea on the side porch; visiting children enjoyed the hammock, while the adults sat on wicker furniture covered in silk cushions.

NB Provincial Archives, P800-292, c. 1950

Between 1962-1964, the building was purchased by the Province of New Brunswick. After the sale, it housed the offices of the N.B. Travel Bureau. In 1989 it was renovated and became the home of Gallery 78.

NB Provincial Archives, P626-16w, 1969

The Crocket House is a remarkable example of what emerged from the various architectural traditions and styles popular in the 1800’s. Toward the close of the century however, particularly during the 1880’s, architects and builders began to incorporate elements of differing structural modes into the design of individual buildings, thus producing a style which may be called “picturesque eclectic”. Crocket House is just such an effective blend of styles each contributing to its unique appearance.

NB Provincial Archives, P794-48

The heritage value of this house is also associated with the career and the fine craftsmanship of the prolific local builder, Joshua Limerick, who also built the Charlotte Street School and the York Street School. Built in 1900, this three storey wood frame house represents the Queen Anne Revival Style, with a three storey circular turret, irregular roof lines, bay and stained glass windows and decorative shingles. The corner tower, its most prominent feature, arrests attention and pins down the structure’s impact as the house’s obvious focal point. The building also incorporates a Classical pediment at the front entrance supported by a pair of Ionic columns.

Both the style and location of the house mark a transition from the early and mid 19 century buildings located in the original town plat, to the late 19th and early 20th century buildings found along Waterloo Row.

In 2007, Gallery 78 started a makeover of the Crocket House which took several years (actually it never really ends). Thirteen layers of paint were removed by heat gun and scrapers. Here are a few photographs from the renovations and the many ones since...

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May 2007 the start
May 2007 the start
The back and side
The back and side
the turret
the turret
October 2007
October 2007
October 2008
October 2008
Getting there, October 2008
Getting there, October 2008
the Coach House
the Coach House
June 2009
June 2009
Sophie, June 2009
Sophie, June 2009
aahhh...
aahhh...
a group effort
a group effort
Summer 2009
Summer 2009
Gallery 78
Gallery 78
2010 office
2010 office
all done
all done
2014 Refinishing
2014 Refinishing
gorgeous
gorgeous
June 17, 2014
June 17, 2014
In the Medieval Ages!
In the Medieval Ages!
June 27, 2014
June 27, 2014
July 9, 2014
July 9, 2014
July 13, 2014
July 13, 2014
July 19, 2014
July 19, 2014
2016 coach house
2016 coach house
Upstairs after refinishing floors and painting, 2018
Upstairs after refinishing floors and painting, 2018
The stairs
The stairs
Upstairs January 2018
Upstairs January 2018
The turret room January 2018
The turret room January 2018
Slippers for winter 2018
Slippers for winter 2018
2019 Jan - the upstairs
2019 Jan - the upstairs "grey room" needed lots of crackfilling
beautiful
beautiful
before accent wall
before accent wall
after accent wall also completed
after accent wall also completed
2019 July - Harris & Son ready to go
2019 July - Harris & Son ready to go
Jack hammering out all of the uneven concrete steps
Jack hammering out all of the uneven concrete steps
Jack and Max after breaking up the concrete walk
Jack and Max after breaking up the concrete walk
supporting the front step
supporting the front step
a solid foundation
a solid foundation
placing the cedar
placing the cedar
all beautifully done
all beautifully done
2019 Dec Matt's insulation is on the case
2019 Dec Matt's insulation is on the case
day 1
day 1
day 1 - Matt's Insulation crew tearing down wood panelling and old insulation
day 1 - Matt's Insulation crew tearing down wood panelling and old insulation
it's a large space
it's a large space
day 2 of 6 for the insulating
day 2 of 6 for the insulating
all done spraying the corner
all done spraying the corner
receiving 54 sheets of gyprock from Acadia Drywall
receiving 54 sheets of gyprock from Acadia Drywall
Lévis receiving the drywall
Lévis receiving the drywall
 getting ready for drywall
getting ready for drywall
David, Matt, Lévis and Peter the drywall crew
David, Matt, Lévis and Peter the drywall crew
Jan. 2020 corner space done
Jan. 2020 corner space done
2020 Jan. the paintings are happy
2020 Jan. the paintings are happy
2021 turret room, before
2021 turret room, before
Feb 2021 turret room - in progress
Feb 2021 turret room - in progress
2021 jack cutting in blue accent wall
2021 jack cutting in blue accent wall
2021 white and blue accent wall done with Jack Harris
2021 white and blue accent wall done with Jack Harris
2021 drop sheets downstairs
2021 drop sheets downstairs
2021 starting the red accent wall
2021 starting the red accent wall
2021 red accent wall first layers - needed three
2021 red accent wall first layers - needed three
2021 upstairs also getting a refresher
2021 upstairs also getting a refresher
Feb. 2021 - print room reno
Feb. 2021 - print room reno
2021 upstairs
2021 upstairs
2021 our other downstairs floor - after
2021 our other downstairs floor - after
2021 turret floor before
2021 turret floor before
2021 turret floor after
2021 turret floor after