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151 Victoria Street

151 Victoria Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2005/11/08

151 Victoria Street, Annapolis Royal, N.S., North West Elevation, 2003.; Paul G. Buxton, 2003.
North West Elevation
151 Victoria Street, Annapolis Royal, N.S., elevation drawing, 1915.; Courtesy of Canadian Pacific Railway Archives.
Elevation Drawing
Overhang and wooden brackets detail, 151 Victoria Street, Annapolis Royal, 2005.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2005.
Roof Detail

Other Name(s)

151 Victoria Street
Annapolis Royal Train Station

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1914/01/01 to 1914/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/01/03

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

151 Victoria Street, Annapolis Royal, N.S., also known as the Annapolis Royal Railway Station is a one storey building with a hip roofed, with wide eaves overhanging on all four sides, supported by heavy wooden brackets. It is situated in a man-made gully, constructed for the railway right-of-way, which runs through a residential area of heritage buildings. The station is not highly visible except from a short portion of St. George Street looking down on the site. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

The historic value of the Annapolis Royal Railway Station is to be found in its continuous use for nearly a century from 1914 to 1990 and for its association with the early tourist industry of the town of Annapolis Royal. The Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR), which ran from Yarmouth to Halifax, placed great emphasis on the tourist industry becoming a major influence in the economic growth of Annapolis Royal during the early years, through trade and passenger service. The station, before the roads were improved, brought visitors to one of the country’s oldest settlements. Fort Anne became Canada’s first National Park in 1917, with a replica of the 1605 French Habitation being built on the original site during the 1930s. Annapolis Royal was also the stop for the promotional trips the Dominion Atlantic Railway offered into the interior of the province for fishing, hunting and backwoods experience. Because of the interest of the Dominion Atlantic Railway in Annapolis Royal as a major stop, the station was built with finer detail and finish than most of the stations in the Annapolis Valley and rural Nova Scotia. Since the turn of the twentieth century, tourism has continued to be one of Annapolis Royal’s most important industries.

The Station is also valued for its Arts and Crafts architecture, which is relatively uncommon in the town. It is a one-storey building with projecting wide eaves that overhang all four sides of the building, supported by heavy wood brackets. It is also valued for the many remaining original features that attest to the Station’s important role in the DAR and Annapolis Royal. Exterior features include: brick walls; curved heavy wood brackets; shaped granite supports; decorative ends of the exposed wood rafters under the soffit; v-jointed painted wood soffit; Vermont sea green slate roof; running bond red brick walls with segmental brick arches over the openings; multi-paned wooden windows; oak entry doors with multiple paned half lites and wood paneling; wooden service doors with beaded board panels and divided top lites with curved multipane wooden transoms. Original interior features include: rough cast plaster walls and ceilings with curved cornice; oak wainscoting trim with coloured burlap panels inset; wood panel doors, slate floor mouldings in some places and hardwood floors.

Source: Town of Annapolis Royal, Heritage Property files: 151 Victoria Street.

Character-Defining Elements

Character Defining Elements of 151 Victoria Street relate to its Arts and Crafts architecture and former use as a train station and include:

- hip roof with wide eave overhang;
- slate roof;
- decorative ends of exposed rafters;
- V-jointed wood soffit;
- curved heavy wood support brackets;
- shaped granite supports for brackets;
- running bond red brick walls;
- high concrete foundation base;
- segmental brick arches over windows and doors;
- multi-paned wooden windows;
- wooden entry doors with multiple paned half lites and wood paneling;
- wooden service doors with beaded board panels, divided top lites and curved multi-paned wooden transom;
- interior roughcast plaster upper walls and ceiling with curved cornice;
- wainscoting consisting of oak woodwork and trim with coloured burlap panels;
- wood doors and hardwood floors;
- location in man-made gully.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date

2005/11/08

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1914/01/01 to 1990/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building

Historic

Transport-Rail
Station or Other Rail Facility

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Property Files, Town Hall, 285 St.George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

02MNS2174

Status

Published

Related Places

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