This Victorian Mansion has been known as by several names over the years. Firstly, as Mayor White’s Residence and later as the Parkerhouse Inn. It was built in 1891 for Dr. Walker W. White, physician and long term mayor of Saint John. The architect was John T.C. McKeen.
Dr. White was born in 1862 and studied medicine at McGill University and Edinburgh. He achieved an international reputation as a physician and surgeon. He served as President of the Saint John Medical Society, President of the Canadian Medical Association and President of the Medical Council of Canada.
During World War 1 he was with the Royal Canadian Medical Corps and retired a Colonel. He also served as school trustee, warden of Saint John County and as a member of the Provincial Legislature (1930-1935). He was Mayor of Saint John for two terms, 1902-1906 and 1926-1932. During his second term the General Hospital was built and he was associated with it for many years. He died in 1952 at the age of 90.
This building is architecturally very significant. It is a 3 storey brick building with a, mansard roof. This indicates a Second Empire style however the elaborate details are both Queen Anne and Romanesque.
Whether it’s for a night, a week, or an extended visit, let your stay in Canada’s first city be as unique as Saint John itself.