364-366 St. George Street
Links and documents
1860/01/01 to 1865/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
364 St. George House, commonly known as the Souchen House, was built in the 1860s. It is a large two-storey home with a steeply-pitched roof, in the Queen Anne Revival style. There have been some additions and alterations to the rear of the building. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.
364 St. George Street, commonly known as the Souchen House, is valued for its history, associations will local figures, and its Queen Anne Revival architecture.
The historic value of the building, as recognized in its municipal designation, lies in its association with a prominent Annapolis Royal businessman, and its construction on part of the original military property in the town. With the final withdrawal of the British military from the town in 1854, after a presence of nearly 150 years, parcels of military property were sold off, allowing for considerable construction within the town. The White House Field, on which previously only St. Luke’s Anglican Church had been construction, was subdivided and lots sold. The Souchen House was built shortly thereafter. In 1899 it was acquired by Frank W. Pickels, one of Annapolis Royal’s most prominent merchants and entrepreneurs, who retained it for twenty years.
The architectural value of the building, as recognized in its municipal designation, is in its strong Queen Anne Revival characteristics. Its steeply-pitched roof, many gables, prominent chimneys, projecting verandahs and porches, stringcourses and asymmetrical design all reflect the Queen Anne Revival style, here executed in wood. It is significant that this style, only recently arrived in North America, should be found in Annapolis Royal at this early stage.
Source: Heritage Property Files, MAP#93-364 St. George Street, Town Hall, Annapolis Royal.
Character Defining Elements of 364 St. George Street relate to its Queen Anne Revival architecture and include:
- steeply-pitched roof;
- pedimented gables;
- projecting boxed cornice with frieze;
- asymmetrical design
- wooden siding of narrow clapboard, round butt decorative shingle belts;
- wooden siding courses, and water table;
- covered wooden verandah with decorative posts with brackets, decorative wooden railing and stairs;
- wooden one-over-one double hung windows with wide wooden casings;
- wide brick chimney.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Property Files, Town Hall, 285 St.George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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