From The Story of Dartmouth, by John P. Martin:
This picture shows Water Street at the intersection of Portland Street, taken in the 1880s. The McDonald building, where the emergency hospital was set up in 1848, is the tall pitch-roof structure, long known as the skyscraper of Dartmouth. Note the granite street crossings, the lamp-post at Lawlor’s corner and the [Black] men leaning against the Sir John Wentworth cannon at Sterns’ corner. The first modern brick building of Dartmouth, erected by Luther Sterns, adjoins McDonald’s on the south. At McDonald’s Hall, Joseph Howe denounced Confederation in May 1867.