In 1958, the former City of Halifax adopted the grid-based 4-digit civic numbering schema that still exists on the Halifax Peninsula. Street numbering previously had been ad-hoc and new developments required awkward local re-numbering. The new grid-system imposed a geographic logic to civic numbers that was popular in many North American cities at the time.
The Commissioner on Works distributed a detailed explanation of the new system to all city households. Street Renumbering Procedures show how staff implemented the new system.
The re-numbering was phased in over the next few years, as every house was assigned a new number by the end of 1965. See the Street Re-numbering Progress Reports, to know exactly when a particular street was re-numbered.
Need to find an old civic address?
The City of Halifax Former Civic Address Cross-Reference is a basic tool to convert a current 4-digit civic address to the pre-1960 former civic numbers and vice-versa. Many historical resources, like property assessment records, building inspection permits and photographs are organized by civic number, so researchers need to know what the contemporary number was.
Thank you to the Municipality's Civic Addressing unit for compiling and sharing this tool.