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524 St. George Street

524 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1982/03/18

Front Facade, 2017

Side Facade, 2017

South West Elevation

South West Elevation Detail

North East Elevation

Other Name(s)

Links and Documents

Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/04/05

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

524 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, N.S., is a late nineteenth century two-storey wooden building, located close to the street. The designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of 524 St. George Street lies in its assocations with prominent Annapolis Royal residents and its Italianate architecure.

Historic Value:

The historic value of the house, as recognized in its municipal designation, lies in its association with the prominent Pickels family, and its later ownership by Dr. John Corston. The Pickels family was prominent in the commercial and social life of Annapolis Royal in the last half of the nineteenth century. Dr. John Corston, who occupied the house in the 1970s and 1980s, was an important clergyman, professor of theology and writer.

Architectural Value:

The architectural value of the house, as recognized in its municipal designation, lies in its Italianate style. The two-storey L shaped wooden structure has a low hip roof, with boxed cornice supported by heavy decorative brackets on a wide frieze. There is a two storey rectangular bay on the south west corner set at 45 degrees to the main plan and capped by bell cast pyramid shaped roof with finial gable dormer of the south west face. The west face has a single storey polygonal bay with hipped roof.

The original fenestration remains (except the north façade) with wooden two over tow double hung windows with heavy label heads and wide wooden casings. Two stained glass windows are in the main façade of the rectangular bay.

The siding is painted narrow wooden clapboard with bands of round butt wood shingles on the rectangular bay and the east ell. A heavy water table with a projecting cap separates the siding from the brick foundation.

The building is separated from the street by a covered wooden verandah with bracketed posts, rail, and balusters. The original narrow pair of glazed panel front doors are set in a rectangular porch projecting into the verandah.

Source: Heritage Property Files, MAP #64, Town Hall, Annapolis Royal.

Character-defining Elements

Character-defining elements of 524 St. George Street relate to its Italianate architecture and include:

- low hip roof;
- heavily bracketed eaves;
- extended decorated wooden front verandah;
- two-storey bay window with stained glass windows, decorative shingles and pyramid roof with finials;
- located very close to the sidewalk and street;
- wooden two over two windows with heavy labels and wide wood casings;
- brick foundation;
- paired glazed wooden entry doors with casings, and labels.


Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority
Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute
Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type
Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date

Historical Information

Function - Category and Type

Single Dwelling

Additional Information

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

FED/PROV/TERR Identifier