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144 St. George Street

144 144 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada

Front facade

Front facade

Other Name(s)
Philip Roberts (and other owners including Lawrence and Harris Hall, Patrick Kelly)

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Construction Date(s)
Possibly 1914; with later additions

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

144 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, N.S., encompasses several semi-attached buildings one which, also serving as a residence, is defined as 146 St. George Street. The main building, 144 St. George Street, a one-and-a-half storey house, seems to date from 1935 and has features reminiscent both Craftsman and California Bungalow design from that era.
The building has been extensively refurbished and now presents a nicely proportioned front to St. George Street clothed like the remainder of the structure in wood shingles. The building occupies part of the Anglican Church Glebe, and, apart from its considerable extension to the south (including the separately defined 146 St. George Street), is part of a complicated property genealogy. The area encompassing the property site served several purposes from original Anglican Church, to blockhouse, town jail and pillory. The site also formerly contained structures for the Commercial House, Hall’s, Acadia and Hardwick’s hotels.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of 144 St. George Street lies mainly in the historical associations of the site, formerly active commercially due to adjacency to the Ferry Slip and maritime activity.
Historic Value
The historic value of 144 St. George Street relates to its historical associations and to a lesser degree to the pleasant Craftsman vernacular form of its structure.

Architectural Value
The architectural value of 144 St. George Street lies in its simple but symmetrical composition of its main front, neat articulation of the windows, particularly on the projected and enclosed front verandah, and consistent use of wood shingling. The building is best described as being of one-and-a-half storeys raised on a low masonry base. The upper floor occupying the gable of the main roof and side projections with flat roofing and dormer windows. The articulation is equally modest yet appealing, as on the side steps giving entrance into the verandah. The house exemplifies unostentatious domestic building in the region from the inter-War period.
The house has been reasonably well integrated with the array of additions constructed to the rear.
Source: Heritage Property Files, MAP#207 and 214 [representing the separate address assigned to the attached residences on the property] - 144 and 146 St. George Street, Town Hall, Annapolis Royal.

Character-defining Elements

Character-defining elements of the Philip Roberts House, 144 St. George Street, relate its – much diluted -- Craftsman/ California Bungalow influences and include:

One-and-a-half storey scale and symmetrical massing of the main façade

Gable-ended street façade

Cross-axial, flat roofs over the upper level (half-storey) with dormer windows

Roofs and single-sloped shed roof over verandah are currently clad in asphalt shingle.

Projected enclosed front verandah with side entrance via wooden steps. Wood-framed windows in two groups of four with approximately 1:2 proportion (width:length) and double or single hung operation. Divided lites/panes are in “three-over-one” configuration (i.e. three vertical mullions in top lite/pane).

Simple but neat articulation of wood-framed windows and doors with wood trim.

Single and individual windows grouped in pairs are wood-framed in approximately 1:2 proportion (width:length) with single or double hung operation and divided lites/panes in “two over- two” configuration. Wood-framed storm windows in matching configuration and operable as awning-style windows.

Wood shingle siding on original building and later additions.


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