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138 Ritchie Street

138 Ritchie Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1982/03/30

Front Facade, 2017

Side Facade, 2017

South East Elevation

South West Elevation

North West Elevation

Other Name(s)

Links and Documents

Construction Date(s)
1875/01/01 to 1875/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/01/14

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

138 Ritchie Street, Annapolis Royal, N.S., was built c. 1875 in the Greek Revival style. It is a one and one half storey residence with a steep gabled roof. The property is located adjacent to the street in a quiet residential area of town with other heritage properties. The description includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

The architectural value of the building as recognized by its municipal designation is its Greek Revival style and its many original features. The one and one half storey wooden building has a steep gabled roof. The one storey wing at the rear has a gabled roof with modern shed dormers. The building sits on a brick foundation. The central door way has a panelled door with side lights housed in a single storey porch with gabled roof and entablature. The double hung windows all have wooden entablatures and wooden mouldings. The building is covered with modern wide coursed wooden shingles over original narrow wooden coursed wooden shingles and original wooden corner boards and trim. The single chimney is located to the left at the peak of the roof. The eaves are finished with cornice boards and boxed soffits with returns. The building is an intact example of the Greek Revival style.

At the time of designation the property was owned by John C. Johnson a retired educator, Superintendent of Annapolis Royal schools, Chairman of Annapolis Royal Development Commission. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in the revitalization of Annapolis Royal in the early 1980’s including building revitalization and the assessment of properties for municipal designation.
Source: Heritage Property Files, Map #053, 138 Ritchie Street, Annapolis Heritage Society, Town of Annapolis Royal.

Character-defining Elements

Character-defining elements of 138 Ritchie Street relate to its Greek Revival style and include:

- close proximity to street;
- central wooden door way with side lights and single storey gabled roof porch;
- double hung windows with wooden entablatures and moulded trim;
- wooden shingles and wooden corner boards;
- original wooden windows, trim, and corner boards.


Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority
Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute
Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type
Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

Theme - Category and Type
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type

Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer


Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Property Files, Town Hall, 285 St.George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

FED/PROV/TERR Identifier