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Charles Moody House

25 Willow Street, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/09/07

The front elevation of the Charles Moody House, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  Note the paired front entrance doors which replaced an earlier "renovation".  (See 1991 image).; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture & Heritage, 2006
Front elevation
The north side of the back ell showing some of the restoration work being carried out on the Charles Moody House, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture & Heritage, 2006
North side
A 1991 image of the Charles Moody House, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  Note the single front entrance door which had been installed  and the "roof" on its crown.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism & Culture, 1991
A 1991 image.

Other Name(s)

Charles Moody House
25 Willow Street

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Construction Date(s)

1877/01/01 to 1877/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/01/31

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Charles Moody House, built around 1877, is a one-and-a-half storey Classic Revival style house with a number of Italianate influences. It is located on Willow Street, near the downtown area and abuts the Collins Heritage Conservation District in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Municipal heritage designation applies to the building and its residential lot.

Heritage Value

The Charles Moody House is valued for its historic association with Charles Moody, its original owner, and with the First Yarmouth Baptist Church which owned it for seventy-four years. It is also valued for its Classic Revival architecture with Italianate embellishments.

This house was built for Charles Moody around 1877 when he was about 21 years old and a merchant’s clerk. He went on to have a fancy dry goods store of his own, and later a dye works, but little else is known about him other than that he was a son of James B. Moody (a noted local accountant), and the younger brother of Sarah Margaret Moody, (a music teacher), to whom he conveyed the property in 1881.

Two years after title to the property was conveyed to Margaret Moody she sold it to the Trustees of First Yarmouth (Zion) Baptist Church as a parsonage. A newspaper item some time later stated that “Zion Baptist parsonage, Willow Street, was purchased from James B. Moody, who erected it, in July 1883.” Although title was not actually held by the senior Mr. Moody, it is what was believed by the general public at the time. The property was used as the parsonage for the ministers of Zion Baptist Church for the next seventy-four years, and was finally sold by the Trustees in 1957.

The Classic Revival architecture of the Charles Moody house is exemplified by its symmetrical massing, medium pitched gable roof and symmetrical three bay facade. The centred front projection and other trim elements show Italianate influence.

Source: Registered Heritage Property files, Town of Yarmouth, NS.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the context and location of the Charles Moody House include its:
- location abutting the Collins Heritage Conservation District, near the downtown district of Yarmouth;
- modest residential lot;
- shallow setback from street;
- proximity to other houses of similar scale.

The character-defining elements of the Classic Revival architecture with Italianate influences of the Charles Moody House include its:

- one-and-a-half storeys with a lower one-and-a-half storey back ell ;
- wood frame construction and wood cladding;
- symmetrical three bay facade with a centred two storey projection;
- medium pitched gable roof with return eaves and symmetrically placed inset chimneys;
- double hung sash windows;
- paired decorative brackets supporting window and door crowns, eaves and verges;
- round-headed windows in gables and upper storey of front projection;
- cutaway bay windows on the south gable end;
- centred front entrance with paired doors;
- granite slab foundation.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1883/01/01 to 1957/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Municipal Heritage Property files: Charles Moody House; located at 400 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS, B5A 1G2

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