Hyrdrostone Living


St.  Joseph’s square is located on 5450 Kaye Street in the heart of the Hydrostone District.

 Walkscore Map

The Hydrostone neighbourhood blends historical elements with modern comforts, complete with character and charm. Long considered a trend- setting neighbourhood of Halifax, the Hydrostone provides conveniences of downtown living while maintaining a traditional neighbourhood feel. Stroll or bike, tree lined streets to parks, shops and restaurants of this coveted residential area.

Fun Fact: Hydrostone District consists of 10 short parallel street where all are boulevards except Stanley street 



Halifax Hydrostone was born out of crisis, in the aftermath of the Halifax explosion. The Halifax Explosion rocked Halifax and was heard all the way in Boston. The explosions devastated the North End of Halifax. The explosion gave birth the Hydrostone district and the neighbourhood was completed in the 1920. The same architectural theme is carried on throughout the Hydrostone district will slight variations on its inspiration, an English –style garden suburb. The design of the neighbourhood was develop according to the most up to date yet practical principles of town planning. Mainly housing displaced working class families from the Halifax explosion. 

What is hydro-stone?

Concrete block that is finished with crushed rock (granite was used for this neighbourhood) This gave the appearance of cut stone construction. The concrete blocks and their faces were amalgamated through a hydraulic pressing process.

In memory of the beautiful gothic church and as cultural displays, the original 1960’s church stone, the corner stone and three stained glass windows depicting the impact of the explosion were salvaged and incorporated into SJS building design.

The adaptive reuse of these heritage materials is held in trust for the benefit of present and future generations as follow:

– The stained glass windows are displayed in a this monument wall
– The original corner stone is seen below this interpretive board
– The salvaged stone is integrated as features of the new building base

Three of these windows are displayed here representing 3 moments of time during the Halifax Explosion.

These materials possess heritage value in their own right and have historical, cultural and architectural significance for the North End community and the city of Halifax. 

Monument Wall Installation Videos: 


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