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Edgecombe House

The Office of the Integrity Commissioner is located in Edgecombe House at 736 King Street in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Edgecombe House has a rich history:

Edgecombe House
“Although it might be difficult to believe today, this house began soon after 1800 as a simple five-bayed house much like that of 750 Brunswick Street without roof dormer. It remained that way for nearly a century, and during that time housed many notable citizens including: the Lieutenant-Governor Sir Howard Douglas during the construction of Government House, Charles S. Putnam, Clerk of the Supreme Court, and Provincial Chief Justice Sir John Allen. Around 1896 it was given its present embellishment of towers, bays, cupolas, and decorative siding by Frederick B. Edgecombe, Fredericton’s most prosperous dry goods merchant and real estate baron. Edgecombe’s family crest and probable likeness lie within a marvelous stained glass window at the landing of main [sic] interior stair. Visible on the grassed boulevard next to the street is a tiled pavement presumed to have been installed for Mrs. Edgecombe to wipe her foot while descending from her carriage. An interesting footnote – beneath the road directly in front of this house, near the manhole cover, there lies buried the body of a youth 18th century Acadian woman who has twice been disinterred due to roadwork – once at the turn of the 20th century and again almost one hundred years just prior to the turn of the 21st. In both instances she was reburied in the same location out of historical respect.”

Source: Building Capital: A Guide to Fredericton’s Historic Landmarks. Edited by John Leroux & Peter Pacey. © Fredericton Heritage Trust – 2004.

Office of the Integrity Commissioner
Edgecombe House, 736 King Street
Fredericton, N.B. CANADA E3B 5H1
tel.: 506-457-7890
fax: 506-444-5224

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