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80-82 Victoria Street

80-82 Victoria Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1982/03/26

Front Facade, 2017

Side Facade, 2017

Garden View, 2017

Front Elevation

North East Elevation

East Elevation


Other Name(s)
80-82 Victoria Street
Bread and Roses B & B
Cunningham House

Links and Documents

Construction Date(s)
1880/01/01 to 1890/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/04/04

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

80-82 Victoria Street, Annapolis Royal, N.S., commonly known as the A.B. Cunningham House, was constructed between 1880 and 1886. It is an impressive private residence, two-and-a-half storey single detached brick building in the picturesque Gothic Revival style. It faces Victoria Street which was created in 1854 when the British Garrison was removed from Annapolis Royal releasing the land known as White House Field for building lots. The designation includes the property and the building

Heritage Value

The historic value of 80-82 Victoria Street lies in its association with two prominent men of the period - James Gray, well respected merchant, and Dr. A.B. Cunningham, prominent druggist / dentist; and the architectural style of the house.

Between 1885 and 1888 Cunningham obtained land on Victoria Street from James Gray. Here he built the present house, dying shortly after. Since that time, the house has changed hands several times, divided into four apartments, and finally sold and restored in the early 1980’s and opened as a bed and breakfast, which it continues to function as.

The architectural significance of 80-82 Victoria Street as recognized by its municipal designation, is the rarity of style seldom found in Annapolis Royal. The characteristics of the picturesque Gothic Revival Style as portrayed in the house remain substantially intact.

The style of the building was considered suitable for an estate setting with natural landscape and not a small urban lot. When constructed, 80-82 Victoria Street was surrounded by gardens, fountains and iron fences creating a grand estate. The lot is now a small urban lot. Recent alterations include a fountain, painted wooden board fence and gates with brick gate posts and period style lampposts and fixtures evocative of its original setting.

Source : Heritage Property File, Map# 112 - 80 Victoria Street, Town Hall, Town of Annapolis Royal.

Character-defining Elements

Character-defining elements of 80-82 Victoria Street relate to its Gothic Revival architecture and include:

- steeply pitched roof;
- gables with pediments and decorative trim;
- pointed tower roof;
- single storey porches with decorated wood columns and brackets;
- decorative trim of brick, wood and shingle;
- prominent stairwell windows with decorative trim and brackets;
- masonry belt course;
- corner quoins;
- double hung sash windows;
- vertical house lines;
- cresting on roof;
- finials;
- original brick facades.

Recognition

Jurisdiction
Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority
Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute
Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type
Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date
1982/03/26

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)
N/A

Theme - Category and Type
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current
Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn

Historic
Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer
N/A

Builder
N/A

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation
Town of Annapolis Royal, Heritage Files, 285 St.George Street, Annapolis Royal, NS, B0S 1A0

FED/PROV/TERR Identifier
02MNS0061