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….