Today you might hear people refer to the bungalows lining the hillside streets of Pictou as “The Heights.” The streets named after different species of trees are rooted in the history of this proud harbour town.
In 1942, War Time Housing started building prefabricated homes in an area of town to be known as Victory Heights. The homes were needed to accommodate the influx of men and women arriving in Pictou to work at the shipyards. At its peak, the neighbourhood was the playground for over 800 children who lived there. The simple structures were prefabricated by Eastern Woodworkers in New Glasgow and brought to Pictou by truck. At the time, only the shipyard workers could rent these homes. At the height of the shipbuilding there were 400 families living in Victory Heights.
During World War II, other neighborhoods like that in Pictou emerged in the suburbs of several Canadian cities. They style was known as Strawberry Box Houses or Strawberry Bungalow. The style utilizes a square or rectangular foundation and named due to the similarity with boxes used to hold strawberries.
The houses were meant to be temporary but most of the houses have been maintained and still sit on their original foundations. After the war, the houses were put up for sale. Today, some of the houses are rented; however, more are privately owned and many have been renovated.
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