Capt. Charles P. Kinney House
34 Porter Street, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A, Canada
Links and documents
1896/01/01 to 1896/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Captain Charles P. Kinney house is a two storey Queen Anne Revival style house that was built in 1896. It has asymmetrical massing, which is typical of the style, and a combination of decorative elements which is unique to this house. The building and its residential lot are included in the municipal designation.
The Capt. Charles P. Kinney House is valued for its association with Capt. Charles P. Kinney, the first owner and occupant, who was one of the many Master Mariners from the Yarmouth area. Capt Kinney and his family occupied this property from its construction in 1896 until 1911 when they moved to Victoria, BC. Shipping and shipbuilding was vital to the economy of Yarmouth and the industry shaped the character of the community. The house was built by local builder Thomas Williams.
This house is also valued for its Queen Anne Revival style architecture, the architectural elements, which are peculiar to this house, and the intactness of those elements. While the Queen Anne Revival style is not unique to Yarmouth, no two houses of this style are the same.
Source: Registered heritage property files, Town of Yarmouth, Capt. Charles P. Kinney House file.
The character defining elements of the Capt. Charles P. Kinney house include:
- location near the Yarmouth waterfront;
- modest size residential lot;
- single family dwelling.
The character defining elements of the Queen Anne Revival style of the Capt. Charles P. Kinney house include:
- two storey wood frame construction in asymmetrical massing;
- two storey front veranda with an enclosed conservatory in first level;
- back veranda with spindle-work trim;
- steep hip roof with cross gabled projections on west and south sides;
- pedimented gables on west and south (front) side projections;
- two storey bay window with a pedimented gable on east side;
- scroll-work brackets on upper storey of front veranda and bay window on east side;
- double hung sash windows with simple crowns;
- stained glass borders in conservatory windows;
- shingle cladding;
- fish-scale patterned shingling in pedimented gables;
- corner, base, and frieze-board trim.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Social Movements
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Yarmouth Town Hall, 400 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS B5A 1G2
Cross-Reference to Collection