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Elizabeth Bishop House
General information
Architectural style Classical Revival
Town or city 8740 No 2 Highway
Great Village
Nova Scotia
Country Canada
Technical details
Structural system Wooden frame vernacular
Type: Provincially Registered Property
Designated: 1973-05-21
Reference #: 00PNS0221

The Elizabeth Bishop House, also known as the Bulmer House, is an historic single-family house that today is used as an artists' retreat in Great Village, Nova Scotia. The house is associated with Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Bishop who in her youth lived in the house each summer with her maternal grandparents, William Brown Bulmer and Elizabeth (Hutchinson) Bulmer. Bishop based many of her stories (such as "In the Village") and poems (such as "Filling Station") on aspects of Great Village and Nova Scotia. Although the Bulmers bought the property in 1874, it is not known when it was built. On May 21, 1997, the Bulmer House was recognized as a Nova Scotia Provincially Recognized Heritage Site for its connection to Elizabeth Bishop and her writings as well as for its architectural significance; it is a good example of a typical 1+12-storey Classical Revival dwelling dating from between 1800 and 1850, a type common to rural Nova Scotia.

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