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HALIFAX – From the Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly:
Those familiar with the busy shops and high office towers of the Scotia Square complex in downtown Halifax will not find it easy to picture the area as it was a century or more ago. Near the original townsite the streets were early laid out, and soon became lined with homes, stores, warehouses and public buildings. Argyle, Grafton, and Albemarle (later Market) streets all extended north to Jacob Street, which ran east down the hill to Lockman (now Barrington) and was not far from the present extension of Cogswell.
Then north from Jacob ran Starr to Hurd’s Lane, and Poplar Grove, a no-exit street. From the corner of Barrington and Duke to Hurd’s Lane may be found the sites of nine places of worship…
The right half of the photo shows the neighbourhood which was razed for the subsequent construction of Scotia Square and the Cogswell Street Interchange.
The neighbourhood razed to construct Scotia Square and Cogswell Street Interchange included the buildings at the corner of Jacob and Brunswick streets.
The neighbourhood razed to construct Scotia Square and Cogswell Street Interchange included People’s Drug Store, 25 Jacob Street.
Scotia Square ca. 1973
Scotia Square once contained popular shops and services such as a Woolco department store, a Famous Players theatre, a well-known tavern, a food court called the Port of Call, and an area on the second level where the store fronts were designed to resemble a village.
Woolco closed in 1994. The Woolco space was vacant until 2000 when Aliant converted the space into a call centre. Over time, nearly all of the second level shops closed or relocated to other malls in the area.
Reference: Nova Scotia Information Service NSARM no. NSIS 27744, NSARM Photo Collection: Places: Halifax: Air View, Edward J. Kelly NSARM accession no. 1985-417, no. 3, Robert Norwood NSARM accession no. 1987-481, nos. 359-377, NSARM Photo Collection: Places: Halifax: Scotia Square: Duke Street Tower: Excavation Site