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Horace G. Mosher House

11 Victoria Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1997/01/06

Horace G. Mosher House, southwest perspective, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Southwest perspective
Horace G. Mosher House, eave detail, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Eave detail
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Horace G. Mosher House
11 Victoria Street

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/10/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Horace G. Mosher House is a two storey wood frame dwelling located at 11 Victoria Street in Truro, NS in the urban core of the town. It is a Late Victorian structure featuring an interesting two storey side entrance porch. The house is situated in Truro’s Heritage Conservation District III, a neighborhood noted for its concentration of largely intact late Victorian residences. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Historic Value

Horace G. Mosher House is valued for its association with wheelwright Horace Greeley Mosher (1872-1945) who lived here for many years. Mosher manufactured wagons, sleighs and their fittings in his workshop behind the house, until the automobile made such horse-drawn vehicles generally obsolete.

The house is representative of several in this area that were built in the early 1900s by builder Robert O. McCurdy for resale to Truro’s swelling population of tradespeople and professionals.

Architectural Value

Horace G. Mosher House is a good example of McCurdy’s building design choices. It exhibits individuality in terms of its specific design, but it is also consistent with its neighbours in terms of massing and scale, placement, and choice of architectural and decorative detail. The McCurdy houses on Victoria Street, along with similar houses built by others in this neighborhood, are important elements of a late Victorian streetscape that the Town has designated Heritage Conservation District III.

Source: Planning Department, Town of Truro, file 10MNS0033

Character-Defining Elements

External elements that define the building’s heritage character include:

- building elements, including: basic Late Victorian form and massing with side entrance; wide moulded cornices and sillboard;
bracketted eaves; shingle texturing in the pediments; unenclosed entrance porch, with roofed upper porch, both supported by turned posts with brackets and railings.
- window and door elements, including: narrow sashed windows in the bays and on both sides; small sashed windows in the pediments; small square window in the front, containing art glass lights; wide moulded window surrounds.
- building materials, including: wooden clapboard cladding and trim; asphalt-shingled roof.
- building elements compliant with the municipal Heritage Conservation District By-Law.

Elements that define the site’s heritage character include:

- consistency with its neighbours in terms of placement relative to the street;
- all site elements compliant with the municipal Heritage Conservation District By-Law.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

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Historical Information

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Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation

Function - Category and Type



Machinery or Other Equipment Manufacturing Facility
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



Robert O. McCurdy

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, Town of Truro, PO Box 427, Truro, NS B2N 5C5; file 10MNS0033

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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