Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I have a bit of business to deal with in this post. The Annapolis Heritage Society’s annual general meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on October 8, 2009. Please note that the meeting will be held at the Granville Ferry Hall as this is not the usual location for our AGM.

The AGM is an excellent opportunity to learn about the past year’s events and activities as well as what we are planning for the coming year. Since 2010 is the 300 anniversary of the Sinclair Inn Museum, the naming of Annapolis Royal and continous Anglican service in Canada, it promises to be a busy year. This is also one of the best opportunities through the year to see how you can get involved in our organization. Since many of our committees will make reports, it is an excellent time to see if there is a volunteer job that may interest you.

Our speaker for this year’s AGM is John Whidden of Wolfville. Mr. Whidden will be giving a presentation on Annapolis Royal's forgotten architect, Graham Johnson. In the aftermath of the fires of 1920 and 1921, Mr. Johnson, an English veteran of WWI, was hired to design a number of the buildings which still grace the downtown core of Annapolis Royal. Included in his designs were King’s Theatre, the Annapolis Royal's Town Hall and the former Newman’s Restaurant. In fact, much of the town’s current business district has the thumbprint of Graham Johnson. After his all too brief interlude in Nova Scotia Johnson went on to work in Victoria, British Columbia. Please join us for an interesting presentation on a lost part of our heritage.

Today's archival image is of the Annapolis Royal Town Hall as it appeared in 1930. I look forward to seeing the what the buildings which influenced which Graham Johnson's designs were. I am also interested to learn if he took anything of our local architecture on to his future projects.

All for now,


  1. There are indeed examples of an architect by the name of J. Graham Johnson to be found in the Victoria, BC area (community of Oak Bay, BC to be specific). They properties are known as Patio Court and can be seen at

    Not sure if this is the same fellow, but the timing seems close.

  2. Thanks for the link. I am fairly sure that this is the same man but I will confirm this at the meeting on the 8th. My first reaction to the buildings that Johnson is credited with is "Holy Arts and Crafts Style Batman!" You just have to love the round turrets.