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The Blue Cottage

Centreville, Nova Scotia

Built more as a work of art than living quarters, this cottage has withstood the test of time.  


The cottages at Huntington’s Point were constructed as make-work projects between 1934 and 1938. They were built without plans as experiments in form and material — more large-scale sculptural works of art than architecture. 

Of the five original cottages, one has been completely destroyed, two have been heavily renovated and altered, and just two remain in their original condition.

The cottage was constructed in 1937 and was used as a hostel for visitors to the Point. Harold Whitman purchased the cottage from Charlie and Mabel Macdonald in 1953 and owned the property until the early 1990s. The Fullers purchased the cottage and owned it for a short time before selling it to the Charles Macdonald House of the Centreville Society in 1996.

Little has been done to alter the original appearance of the Blue Cottage. The original blue, undulating roof is supported by the first-story concrete walls, which include beach stones on the exterior and bricks on the interior. Many of the beach stones are painted bright yellow, blue, and red while a few remain their natural grey.

Know Before You Go

The Blue Cottage is one of five concrete cottages sculpted in the 1930s by Charles Macdonald on Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy. It'sowned by the Charles Macdonald Society and is operated as a fund-raiser for the charitable organization. The Blue Cottage is available only to members for unique holidays in a provincially recognized heritage property. 

If you visit, please respect the privacy of cottage owners and visitors.

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