Thursday Doors



My choice for Thursday Doors this week belongs to a building that has something in common with a place in Nova Scotia. The Red House in Youghal was designed by Dutch architect, Claud Leuventhen. It was commissioned in 1703 by a wealthy merchant family, the Uniacke’s of Killeagh, County Cork.  At present, the building is in use as a private dwelling. The bricks were imported during construction as the local red brick was not considered good enough. It’s rumoured that the Red House is haunted by a very friendly ghost, who is said to rearrange the clothing of visitors – hopefully not while they are wearing them.


One Member of the Uniacke family was Richard John Uniacke (November 22, 1753 – October 11, 1830) who was an abolitionist, lawyer, politician, member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and Attorney General of Nova Scotia. He devoted 49 years of his life to public service and fought in the American Revolution, later seeking to emancipate Catholics and black slaves. His substantial estate is preserved as the Uniacke Estate Museum Park at Mount Uniacke in Nova Scotia.

There is also a Mount Uniacke in County Cork, Ireland, created by Richard’s grandfather, Captain James Uniacke. At the age of sixteen Richard was influenced by a Catholic priest, which didn’t sit well with his Protestant family, and his father had him sent to Dublin to study law. There he became involved with the movement for greater Irish political autonomy and joined the Irish nationalists. Subsequently, his father cut off his allowance. Penniless, Richard refused to return home and abandoned his studies, deciding to seek his fortune in Nova Scotia

Uniacke joined the American rebels in 1776 and soon found himself a prisoner in Halifax. As a rebel he faced being charged with treason and if found guilty would be hung. He escaped the gallows and was released, possibly due to his family connections and the fact that several military officers in Halifax had been stationed with some of his brothers. 

After the American Revolution, Uniacke was a member of the House of Assembly and remained so for over twenty years (1783, 1785-1793; 1997-1805). In 1808 he was appointed to the Nova Scotia Council.

To see what other doors are featured from around the globe, have a look at Norm’s blog.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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22 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I really like that rich panel door. I also enjoy learning about the history Jean. It’s odd that they imported bricks. That had to be expensive.

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  2. jan says:

    What an interesting history! Hard to believe it’s a private residence – it’s so large! Apartments?

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  3. Gorgeous house and door Jean, love the colours and your delightful delve into the family’s history!

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  4. Thanks Jane. The red brick is very unusual, I can see why the family imported it.


  5. The red brick is so bright, too. This is a door (and a house) with history! Thanks for sharing, Jean.


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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    That red brick really stands out and the door is just perfect for that building. Nice bit of research Jean, I always learn new things from your door posts 🙂

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  7. marianallen says:

    Maybe the captain carried the brick for ballast, so it didn’t cost so much. –Just trying to cut some corners for my good neighbors to the north. Beautiful building and I love the door!

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  8. Kash Pals says:

    Lovely house and door. Thanks for sharing the interesting history too.:)

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  9. There are so many choices of old doors and buildings in my town it can be difficult to choose, lol.


  10. Helen Jones says:

    Lovely door, Jean, and a very interesting post 🙂

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  11. BuntyMcC says:

    Thanks for the history lesson on Nova Scotia. I’ve seen Mount Uniacke on the map and driven within a few miles, but next time I would take a detour and visit. The Irish house (and doors) are gorgeous.

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  12. Aquileana says:

    I love the story here… One could still wonder how many secrets might remain locked behind those beautiful doors… Sending love and best wishes, dear Jean. Aquileana 🌸🌷

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  13. nnaatnif says:

    Really interesting!

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