1685 Argyle St. halifax, ns info@thecarleton.ca 902-422-6335

History


Long before Mike and Mike met playing darts at the New Windsor House in Toronto in 1984, Richard Bulkeley decided to build a house for them in Halifax. He completed it in 1760.

The Carleton is located on the Corner of Prince and Argyle Streets in the heart of historic Halifax. Built in 1759, it occupies what was Sir Richard Bulkeley’s mansion. In early Halifax almost all buildings were constructed of wood. Bulkeley’s mansion, an outstanding exception, was built of stone, making it the earliest documented Georgian stone residence in Nova Scotia. What was once Sir Richard’s breakfast parlour is now Rory’s, The Carleton’s private dining/meeting room. The original walls have been preserved, as has the fireplace. Rory’s is available for booking by groups for business or pleasure. All of the modern amenities are available (High Speed Internet, LCD Flat Screen for presentations and screening etc.) situated discretely in an 18th century parlour.

Our bar takes up space in Richard’s drawing room in which, aside from drawing in, Dick also held court sessions in his position as judge of the Vice-Admiralty court. Bulkeley entertained General James Wolfe who was in town to oversee final preparations for the campaign to conquer New France as well as the campaign against Loiusbourg. The general  is said to have described the home as "roomy and gracious with a large dining room, extensive garden and a well-stocked wine cellar." There is evidence that stone from Louisboug is incorporated in The Carleton.

Socially, politically and financially secure, Dick entertained lavishly, hosting large dinner parties, levees and holiday celebrations. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, was a frequent guest at the mansion (remember the well stocked wine cellar), which Dickie later named Carleton House in honour of Sir Guy Carleton, Lord Dorchester who visited Halifax in 1786 to be feted as the new Governor General Of Canada. (Remember the well-stocked wine cellar).

On December 7ish, 1800, Sir Richard Bulkeley retired to his study to work and never woke again. He was discovered by his valet as if he had fallen asleep in his chair. We’ve all done that, especially if one has a well-stocked wine cellar, which the Carleton of today does.

Accompanied by the spirit of Sir Richard Bulkeley, we are continuing Dickie’s legacy with wine, fine dining and celebration at Dick’s place for almost two hundred and fifty years.