Canadian Painter Alex Colville’s Waterfront Cabin

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

One of House Crazy Sarah’s all-time favorite artists is Canadian painter Alex Colville.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

This rustic, two-story cabin was designed and built by the painter in 1964

Alex Colville 1920 – 2013

Alex Colville artist

Colville’s paintings were often dark and ominous…

Horse and Train Alex Colville

Foreboding… with natural forces menacing the quiet human figures…

Horse and Train Alex Colville

Lonely and austere.

Alex Colville painting

So it makes sense that Colville made this weathered, isolated cabin his occasional home.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

Austere as his paintings, the tiny cabin measures in at 379 square feet. It was listed for sale recently for $249,900.

Located at 104 Colville Lane, in Northport, Nova Scotia, the cabin sits on a 0.3 hectare lot of forest and ocean frontage.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

The few windows were strategically placed to provide views out over the water horizon.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

The cabin has been kept very much as the artist had it because the sellers were members of Colville’s family.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

The only change to the property over the years was the addition of a separate exterior “wash house” that was built in 1984.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

After nine days on the market, the cabin sold for about $15,000 over asking price. Surely that had to do with its famous former owner.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

The cabin has a second story sleeping loft:

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

Alex Colville was born in Toronto but moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia as a boy with his family. He later studied fine arts at Mount Allison University in nearby Sackville, New Brunswick.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

Colville then married and settled in 1942 in Wolfville, N.S., and that was his family home for decades.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

The rustic cabin on the Northumberland Strait was built by Colville as a getaway camp in 1964.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

It’s not hard to picture Colville here, hunched over a painting in progress, with the wind and the waves as his only companions.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

The simplicity of the cabin is remarkable. Very few creature comforts here.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

Below is the later addition wash house/shed:

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

It has a toilet, sink, and shower.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

The realtor marketed the tiny cabin as: A wonderful opportunity to own a piece of Canadian history.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

Indeed, it is located in an area that inspired many of the painter’s most notable works.

Alex Colville's Nova Scotia cabin

Hopefully the new owner understands the cultural value of this rough little hut, and preserves Colville’s cabin for posterity.

 

Sources:

https://www.remaxnova.com/residential/northport-real-estate/104-colville-lane-northport-mls-202109295

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/alex-colville-cabin-nova-scotia-for-sale-1.6003059

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