Not just another pretty house Architecture

You have never seen a bump quite like this, and nobody minds if you stare.

The mundane five-sided Scottish dormer has, by hands of local craftsmen, been forever transformed into architectural legend, and it's only in Lunenburg.

European settlers brought with them a love of the land, a desire to work hard and a taste of home. German and Swiss newcomers built in the coulisse style, leaving examples found nowhere else in North America. British and Loyalist settlers brought the Cape Cod design to Town, their single storeys tight against the weather with ever a watchful eye on the harbour. New settlers and changing times brought Victorian Gothic, Italianate and Second Empire. Newfoundland settlers brought their own version of the salt box roof, making Lunenburg one of the few places in North America where Newfoundland and New England examples proudly stand just a moment's drive apart.

Today, no less than eight of Lunenburg's Old Town buildings date back to the 18th century. Traditional and new construction live in harmony, blended by attention to detail and devotion to preservation of a proud and unique waterfront, and it's not just for looks. The Lunenburg Academy, at age 100-plus, remains a stunning example of Second Empire architecture, standing in beauty as it educates yet another generation. And when the sun goes down, the show just begins. Spotlights illuminate the Academy, the churches and the many other landmarks on hill and harbour, perfect for a twilight cruise by land or sea.