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96 Church Street

96 Church Street, Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1986/08/18

Northwest elevation, 96 Church Street, Amherst, NS, 2007.; Heritage Division, NS Dept of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007
Northwest Elevation
Front elevation, 96 Church Street, Amherst, NS, 2007.; Heritage Division, NS Dept of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007
West Elevation
Detail of window hoods and eaves, 96 Church St, Amherst, NS, 2007.; Heritage Division, NS Dept of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2007
Window Hood and Eaves Detail

Other Name(s)

96 Church Street
Moffatt House

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/01/25

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

96 Church Street, also known as the Moffatt House, is a two-storey Second Empire style house located on the east side of Church Street in Amherst, Nova Scotia. The home sits on a corner lot in one of Amherst’s older residential neighbourhoods. The building and property are included in the municipal designation.

Heritage Value

96 Church Street is valued as an excellent example of Second Empire architecture. Built circa 1873, it has the characteristic steeply pitched square Mansard roof, ornate window hoods, and decorative eaves of the Second Empire style. The home still has the original fine wooden details around its doors and windows. Also of particular note are the rare interior wall paintings in the hallways and several of the rooms, being some of the best examples of this work in the region.

Source: “Heritage Properties Amherst” File, Cumberland County Museum

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of 96 Church Street include:
- location in historic residential area of Amherst;
- wooden windows and clapboard cladding.

Character-defining elements of 96 Church Street include all Second Empire elements, such as:
- square Mansard roof;
- brackets decorating eave line;
- decorative eaves;
- second-storey windows breaking the eaves;
- ornate rounded window hoods;
- decorative matching trim on front and side porches;
- matching roof, window hoods and trim on rear addition;
- three two-storey matching bay windows;
- decorative cornice.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date

1986/08/18

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Residence
Single Dwelling

Historic

Residence
Group Residence

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

"Heritage Properties Amherst" File, Cumberland County Museum and Archives, 150 Church St, Amherst, NS B4H 3C4

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

12MNS0014

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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