1884 – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada – $173,290

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Added to OHD on 11/22/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/22/18   -   9 Comments
7 Main St, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

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  • $229,500 CAD
    $173,290 USD
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2529 Sq Ft
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Outstanding opportunity to own one of Yarmouth's most historic Heritage homes. The Ellery Scott House, built around 1894 , is a one-and-a-half storey Classic Revival style house of wood construction with a unique combination of Italianate influenced embellishments. A flat tower cuts into the eaveline of the facade to give the home its very unique appearance. As an added bonus with the tower facing west you can enjoy many beautiful sunsets plus view the Yarmouth Harbour and Bay of Fundy. This property features three large living rooms, formal dining room, spacious kitchen, four bedrooms, two baths and a laundry room. The services have been upgraded as needed and the outside of the building and grounds have been well kept. There are several fireplaces which add character to many rooms.
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Tony White, Victory Realty
902-740-1964 / 902-742-6622
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9 Comments on 1884 – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada – $173,290

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  1. AvatarScully63 says: 54 comments

    At first glance I thought it was an old school or church. What an interesting house!

  2. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 857 comments
    1875 Limestone house
    Loire Valley, France,

    It looks like an old cape received an italianate makeover later. What do you other think?

    Interesting house anyway! I Like it! I do wonder though if these towers were really used. They do show off from the exterior, but from the inside, they’re just stacked small rooms up high, so are they really practical?

    • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 849 comments

      The description of the style found in the listing was copied directly from the Canadian Register, so the build date is likely well researched and documented, and I agree with their description of classic elements mixed with Italianate. While the main mass appears typically classical, there’s obviously a big Italian influence in both the tower and some of the mantles. The use of Italian elements had largely waned in American architecture by 1880, but there were early examples of commercial Italian Renaissance Revival buildings in the mid-1880’s proving Italian influence was always somewhat present in the Victorian era. Maybe some in Nova Scotia held on to Italianate elements a little longer. It’s likely somebody was just a fan of Italian design and adopted it for use in the design of this house.

      • JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
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        Not to quarrel, but tbh it’s hard to believe that construction narrative. The Italianate details on the main block seem perfunctory and after the fact, while the tower is thoroughly Italianate. More than a dozen round-headed windows on the tower and none on the house! Even adjacent windows on the front and tower have different crowns and trim.
        The old photo shows what look like standard 1870’s Italianate entry doors, suggesting the tower was added to an older home with remnant Greek Revival details. I don’t know Nova Scotia at all – was their architecture 25 years behind?!

        • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 849 comments

          I don’t disagree. The other story seems to be the main structure dates to the early 19th century and was likely restyled in the Victorian era with the Italianate tower and other details rather than being razed and built over in the 1880s. Given the unusual form, this seems more likely to me.

          • JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
            OHD Supporter

            Thank you! That timeline makes a lot more sense. I think it makes a better story too, a 200 year old home that was embellished at one point, rather than a later home with confused architecture.

    • AvatarHome sweet home says: 31 comments

      Gosh, could I put a small, remote room to any personal use?

      In what passes for latter day domestic bliss, I kind of hanker for a space that would offer some solitude away from and above the chaos of everyday life.

      Perhaps my defence of such rooms is an inherited conceit. In the days of sailing ships, a captain’s fate and fortune depended on his skill with charts & his sense of the weather.

      The tower would meet both needs: an undisturbed study and a superior vantage point from which to scan the horizon.

      My grandfather was a sea captain. He built his own schooners and his house
      A lot of the uniqueness of maritime homes reflects a deftness with nautical architecture. Consider the steep stairs rising to the top storey of the tower – not a challenge for anyone accustomed to clambering about on ships & wharves, yet offputting to a “townie”.

      What intrigues me are the two small turrets that bookend the tower. I suspect that they were an improvisation. The tower rises in front of an earlier broad dormer. Rather than design a wider tower that would look squat as a result, the more slender structure ‘towers’ more, and the turrets obscure the remnant ends of the pre-existing gable.

      For a man who likely spent much of his youth aloft in the rigging, distinguishing his home with this unique embellishment was eminently ‘practical’. An elegant example of form following function.

    • JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
      OHD Supporter

      The basic structure does resemble a Cape Cod house, but much larger and more adorned than most of those. The early Capes supposedly shared construction details with ships in the coastal areas where they were built. Nova Scotia has a ship-building history also, and it would be interesting to know if other homes in Nova Scotia have this same unusual form.

  3. AvatarKarenZ says: 976 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Gosh,Those steps in the pic with the stained glass windows have such huge risers and look really steep!


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