Old St. Andrews






DayspringDayspring, corner of Champlain and Acadia Streets. Built in 1928 by Egerton Smoot, purchased in 1945 by Sir James Dunn. David Sullivan 2013


The property behind this hedge was purchased by Maryland and Virginia sand and gravel merchant Egerton Smoot in 1928 and a handsome tudor style house, or connected series of houses, erected thereon. Wealthy Bathurst philanthropist Sir James Dunn purchased the property in 1945 and died there in 1956, aged 81. Dunn and his friends Max Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook) and R. B. Bennet (later Prime Minister) did well for themselves in the period after the first world war, Dunn being made a baronet for carried out on behalf of the British government in 1920. A graduate of the Dalhousie Law School, Dunn invested in Algoma Steel in its early years and in 1935 not only became its President and CEO, he also rescued the company from a serious decline and in the process became one of Canada's richest men. After Dunn's death is widow, Marcia Christoforides, continued to summer in St. Andrews until her death in 1994.