Mariner King Inn, King Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada


Benjamin Moore's Nova Scotia Blue is "a timeless cornflower blue that brings to mind quaint cottages by the sea." ICI Paint's Lunenburg Blue is a medium light shade of cyan-blue, inspired by the harbor that leads to the sea. I think it's time to introduce a shade called Mariner King Blue.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia has always been a pretty colorful place. It's a little hard to tell from this 1879 view, but King Street's historic houses are Lunenburg's equivalent of San Francisco's Postcard Row.

One of its landmarks is the very blue Mariner King Inn.

It was built circa 1830, the same year that "Mariner King" William IV (Queen Victoria's uncle and predecessor) ascended the throne. The Mariner King was also apparently the first royal to visit Nova Scotia.

This inn wasn't always an inn, though. It was built as a private home for Dr. Charles Bolman.

Six years later he sold it to sea merchant John Zwicker for £600, and it remained in the Zwicker family until 1953.

In 2007, the house became an inn.

That's when the living room got its "I'm an historic inn" furniture:

If it were mine, it would have more of a "sink in a cozy chair by the fireplace" vibe:

Similarly, the inn's breakfast room...

would benefit for a little Lunenburg Blue:

That design flows better with the bonus seating in the atrium:

Upstairs are five bedrooms. There are also seven bathrooms in 4,880 square feet.

If it were mine, I'd take the paneling up and over the bed in this room, like so:

The rooftop deck has views of the harbor.

Looking down King Street are two other colorful houses that were used as annexes to the inn.

They were named Candy Apple and Cranberry. Can you guess which buildings they were?

Candy Apple is on the market also. It has two storefronts downstairs, and two apartments upstairs:

Cranberry isn't currently on the market. It's housing a realty office and vintage clothing store.

It's hard to picture it now, but the Mariner King Inn and its annexes used to be a little less colorful, as these 2009 street views show:

One last item of local color. Before I found my other inspiration images, I was inspired by the colors in this painting of the King William IV...

and thought he needed to go somewhere in the house.

His sash inspired a paint color that could only be called Mariner King Blue.

The Old House Dreams listing is here.

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