The Lunenburg Bump

imageIt can be the very local expressions of vernacular architecture that give a place it’s charm. In the pretty little seaside town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia the most noticeable building element is the Lunenburg Bump.


The “Bump” is an enlarged dormer that extends (or bumps) out over the eaves.  This is a five-sided bump, and like most, it is situated in the center of the facade, reaching down to include a storm porch.

This house has a bump one the front of the house and the back!


Some of the decorative elements are very elaborate.  They can include complex dormer roofs – bellcast to triple-tiered.  Look at this beauty!


This funny little one looks like it was popped on just for the sake of it. There certainly is a sense of competitiveness or one-upmanship to these additions.

The Old Town of Luenburg (settled in 1753) was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 – making it the second urban community in continental North America to receive the distinction.  It was in recognition of the British Colonial model town plan and it’s remarkable level of conservation.  For me, it is these lovely and proud wooden buildings, with their gardens, their gingerbread trim and their Bumps that reflect the essence of this place.  I never get tired of walking through town….


16 thoughts on “The Lunenburg Bump

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread December 4, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    These are the most beautiful architectural elements I’ve ever seen. And, the colors chosen are wonderful. I love the softness of the fourth photo. Beautiful. 🙂

    • JanetRimmington December 4, 2015 / 3:48 pm

      Judy! I’m so glad you enjoyed these “bumps” 😊! Aren’t they interesting? I’ve just shown a tiny portion. There are so many more in town – and the colour combinations are amazing. Come and see for yourself sometime!

    • JanetRimmington December 4, 2015 / 3:25 pm

      Yes! Happy is the word! I feel like Lunenburg functions on a balance of hard work, creativity, resilience, celebration and focus. And I see all that reflected in those “bumps” – just try painting one!😉 She’s a great little town!

  2. Julie@frogpondfarm December 4, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    Amazing architecture ..loving the bumps and splashes of colour

  3. pagedogs December 5, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    Wonderful post. I went to Lunenberg years ago as a child and remember the brilliant house colors, but I didn’t know about the bumps. Imagine painting all that trim …

    • JanetRimmington December 5, 2015 / 1:51 pm

      Thanks! I know, right! My neck hurts just thinking about it……

    • JanetRimmington January 11, 2019 / 2:40 pm

      I’m so glad. The Bump is very localized architecture – and one worth celebrating. 😊

  4. Sheree January 25, 2019 / 1:50 pm

    What charming properties. Never heard of the bump but it’s an apt term.

    • JanetRimmington January 25, 2019 / 1:54 pm

      It is, isn’t it? I think it’s s very, very (VERY) local term. I love them. Thanks Sheree!

    • JanetRimmington March 19, 2019 / 12:33 pm

      Come!! We aren’t so far away. Let me know, if you do.

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