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401 St. George Street

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

Formally Recognized: 1990/12/19

Front Facade, 2017

Side Facade, 2017

North Elevation

South East Elevation

South West Elevation

Other Name(s)
401 St. George Street
United Church Manse

Links and Documents

Construction Date(s)
1863/01/01 to 1863/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/03/22

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

401 St. George Street, also known as the United Church Manse, is a two-storey wood-frame structure. It is sited next to the United Church of St. George and St. Andrews in Annapolis Royal, NS and was constructed circa 1863. It was used as the residence of the Methodist minister and his family from its construction and after 1925 it was occupied by the United Church of Canada minister and his family. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Historic Value:

The historic value of 401 St. George Street, as recognized in its municipal designation, is found in its early construction and its association with nearly a century and a half of Annapolis Royal Methodist/United Church ministers and families. The house was constructed probably in 1863 to replace the older (mid- eighteenth century) building which had housed the Wesleyan Methodist ministers and their families since 1835. This earlier building was moved off the site (the present location of the United Church) and the new manse was constructed. In 1911 the manse was moved to its present location, so that the new Methodist Church of St. George could be built. In 1919 the Methodist and Presbyterian congregations in Annapolis Royal joined, predating the official creation of the United Church of Canada in 1925. As the church manse, this building has been a focal point for church activities and community events for many years.

Architectural Value:

The architectural significance of 401 St. George Street is found in its early date of construction and simplified Greek Revival style. It is part of a significant collection of mid-nineteenth century houses in the town. Although a contemporary style was followed in the construction of the manse, it would not have been acceptable for the Methodists, who rejected ostentation and excessive ornamentation, to have a highly ornate structure in which their minister would live; there are thus Greek Revival features, but the overall impression is one of simplicity and straight-forwardness. The fairly plain front façade of the house, with its central front door and symmetrically-placed windows, is relieved by the hood mouldings over both windows and door, which is repeated over the windows on the two ends of the building. The main door is recessed and surrounded by wooden sidelights and surmounted by a wooden transom light. The sidelights are flanked by full height wooden panels set in wide wood trim. All appear to be original.

A 1-1/2 storey rear ell is located on the west back side. Although this appears to have been constructed at the same time as the main house, it has been more highly altered with a shed dormer added to the east and the windows have all been modernized.

Source: Heritage Property Files, Map #260, 401 St. George Street, Annapolis Heritage Society, Town of Annapolis Royal.

Character-defining Elements

The character-defining elements of 401 St. George Street inlcude:

- positioning next to the United Church;
- symmetrical front façade, with central doorway and flanking windows;
- hood mouldings over the windows and front doorway;
- original wooden door, sidelights and trim.


Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority
Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute
Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type
Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date

Historical Information

Theme - Category and Type
Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Philosophy and Spirituality

Function - Category and Type

Single Dwelling

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Property Files, Annapolis Heritage Society, Annapolis Royal, NS.

FED/PROV/TERR Identifier