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8 Victoria Street

8 Victoria Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1982/08/31

Front Facade, 2017

Side Facade, 2017

South Elevation

North East Elevation

North West Elevation

Other Name(s)
8 Victoria Street
O'Dell Electric Light company

Links and Documents

Construction Date(s)
1900/01/01 to 1900/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/03/30

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

8 Victoria Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, was built ca. 1900. It is a single detached rectangular two storey wood framed building built in the Maritime Vernacular style. It is located in the down town Annapolis area, on a narrow lot, and is located adjacent to Victoria Street. The municipal designation includes the building and surrounding property.

Heritage Value

Historic Value:

8 Victoria Street, as recognized in its municipal designation is valued for its historical associations with Carmen O’Dell and the O’Dell Electric Light Company.

O’Dell was a prominent local merchant and founder of the O’Dell Electric Light Company. The O’Dell Electric Light Company was the first electric generating plant in Annapolis Royal. The plant was powered by a steam generator, which was housed in 8 Victoria Street, and was the only one of its kind to operate in Annapolis Royal.

Architectural Value:

8 Victoria Street, as recognized in its municipal designation, is valued as a good example of Maritime Vernacular style, its overall condition and intactness. Although it has been modified for retail/residential use, it retains its general form and materials from its industrial days. The large two-and-a-half storey building with a gable roof is unadorned, reflecting its original industrial use.

Source: Heritage Property Files, Map #178, 8 Victoria Street, Annapolis Heritage Society.

Character-defining Elements

Character-defining elements of 8 Victoria Street relate to its Vernacular style and include:

- wooden clapboard siding;
- windows and moulded trims;
- off set main entry door;
- close proximity to street.


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
Developing Economies
Technology and Engineering

Function - Category and Type

Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Power Generation Facility

Architect / Designer


Additional Information

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

FED/PROV/TERR Identifier