Halifax's Kenny/Dennis building, built in 1863-64, is one of the half-dozen surviving heritage buildings which complement and uplift Province House, and it anchors the remaining heritage position which exists along the northern section of the Granville block. This alone makes its retention of great importance. However, its direct lineage through the Kenny and the Dennis families, and the importance of the architects who worked on it, make it of high provincial significance.
On 28 February, 2018, we filed a third-party application for municipal heritage registration. On 11 June, 2018, we filed a parallel third-party application for provincial heritage registration. These applications were supported with our Heritage Assessment Report on the building.
On 26 September, 2018, the Halifax Heritage Advisory Committee met to consider the application for municipal heritage registration. The HAC Briefing Papers about the application included a staff report and a letter from the Province opposing the application. The Institute responded to the Province's letter with a formal statement to the Heritage Advisory Committee, which became part of the HAC Briefing Papers. At the meeting, the Heritage Advisory Committee discussed and arrived at an assessment of the heritage value of the property using established criteria and weighting. The Kenny/Dennis building was finally awarded 77 points out of a possible 100 points, well above the necessary 50 points, leading the Committee to recommend approval of the registration to Regional Council. An initial hurdle was passed for the building to be recognized as a significant part of the historical fabric of Halifax.
On 27 November, 2018, Halifax Regional Council unanimously approved a resolution to add the Kenny-Dennis building as a protected property to the municipal heritage registry.