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Situated in the heart of Uptown Saint John, Historica Court consists of two adjoining heritage buildings that run from Canterbury down to Prince William Street along Princess.
Today, the ground floor of the two buildings is occupied by a host of fine restaurants - Big Tide Brewing Company, Mexi’s, Bourbon Quarter, and Magnolia Cafe. The main level off Canterbury consists of offices, and the upper two floors are redeveloped into a multitude of high end residential suites.
The upper red brick building at the corner of Canterbury and Princess was built in 1878 as a hotel (known as the Aberdeen Hotel), became the first law school in New Brunswick (i.e. the University of New Brunswick Law School) in the early 1900’s, and became home to numerous Provincial government agencies around the middle of the 20th century until such time as it was sold privately - around the turn of the century.
The brownstone Italianate style building at the corner of Prince William and Princess was also built in 1878. It is known as the Pugsley Building, named after the prominent Pugsley family who owned the building. Two of the leading Saint John families in the legal profession at the time were the Ritchie family and the Pugsley family. The Ritchie’s built and owned the building across the street, where O’Leary’s Pub resides.