Collection by Allie Weiss

Schoolhouse Salvaged as a Cozy Cabin


Joining Shobac—a historic farm in Nova Scotia now filled with cabins available for rent—is a 1830 schoolhouse converted into a two-bedroom cottage. Rehabilitated by Brian MacKay-Lyons of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, the one-room schoolhouse hails from the town of Chebogue. MacKay-Lyons purchased the decrepit structure—it had closed in 1950 and fallen into misuse—to save it from demolition, and restored and transported it to the Shobac site.

Though it changed locations when it moved to Shobac, the updated schoolhouse has the same orientation as it once...
Pictured is the structure before it was updated by MacKay-Lyons.
MacKay-Lyons carefully restored the original wainscoting that surrounds the interior.
The benches around the dining table are also original.
The second floor of the schoolhouse was likely used as another classroom space, one for boys and one for girls.
'When you do a historic restoration, it’s a great way to learn about tradition," MacKay-Lyons says.

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