8 Victoria Street
8 Victoria Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S, Canada
8 Victoria Street
O'Dell Electric Light company
Links and documents
1900/01/01 to 1900/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
8 Victoria Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, was built ca. 1900. It is a single detached rectangular two storey wood framed building built in the Maritime Vernacular style. It is located in the down town Annapolis area, on a narrow lot, and is located adjacent to Victoria Street. The municipal designation includes the building and surrounding property.
8 Victoria Street, as recognized in its municipal designation is valued for its historical associations with Carmen O’Dell and the O’Dell Electric Light Company.
O’Dell was a prominent local merchant and founder of the O’Dell Electric Light Company. The O’Dell Electric Light Company was the first electric generating plant in Annapolis Royal. The plant was powered by a steam generator, which was housed in 8 Victoria Street, and was the only one of its kind to operate in Annapolis Royal.
8 Victoria Street, as recognized in its municipal designation, is valued as a good example of Maritime Vernacular style, its overall condition and intactness. Although it has been modified for retail/residential use, it retains its general form and materials from its industrial days. The large two-and-a-half storey building with a gable roof is unadorned, reflecting its original industrial use.
Source: Heritage Property Files, Map #178, 8 Victoria Street, Annapolis Heritage Society.
Character-defining elements of 8 Victoria Street relate to its Vernacular style and include:
- wooden clapboard siding;
- windows and moulded trims;
- off set main entry door;
- close proximity to street.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Technology and Engineering
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Shop or Wholesale Establishment
- Power Generation Facility
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Property Files, Annapolis Heritage Society, Annapolis Royal.
Cross-Reference to Collection