An Architectural Look at OldYarmouth
"The western Gateway Of Nova Scotia"

 Yarmouth Landmarks
Holy Trininty Chruch
The Holy Trinity Church, William Street.

The church was designed by the Rev.  Roy Campbell.  Building was started in 1866 and on August, 4, 1872, the church was consecrated.. Replacing  the former wooden structure, Holy Trinity Church is built in the Gothic Revival style. It is designed in a cruciform shape and is heavily buttressed. The church is 102 ft long, constructed of brick, with wooden trim. The doors and the huge stained-glass windows are arched. The chimes  were added in 1908, but the weight and stress were too much for the steeple, and in  1913 the  spire was removed.  Sailors used to say that the church's "long finger" was pointing to heaven.

McLaughlin Building
The McLaughlin Brothers store, Main Street.

The Second Empire-style building was built in 1875. The store was mainly built of brick and,  with its arched windows,  this was one of the most handsome commercial buildings in Yarmouth. It was two-and-one-half stories tall, with  beautiful wood and brick carving around the second-story windows. The mansard roof had a wrought iron railing around the edge. The store caught fire and burned down on  February 1, 1963. The ground floor section is all that  remains of the original building.

Old Grand Hotel
Main Street, Old Grand Hotel.

The Tabernacle Church was struck by lightning and was completely burned down. The Old Grand Hotel was built on the same spot in 1892-93, and opened in 1894. At that time it was one of  the largest hotels in Eastern Canada. The hotel cost $75,000 to build. Constructed of brick and freestone, this 100-room hotel had a two-story  balcony on the four-story front.  On the roof there was a glass tower that overlooked the harbour of Yarmouth. The hotel had all the modern conveniences of that time, such as an electric elevator, private baths with cold/hot water, and telephones in each room. The Grand had ten meeting/dining rooms which were named after the geography and history of the region. The Grand also had a swimming pool, a billiard room, writing and drawing rooms and a library. On September 25, 1966 the old  Grand Hotel was demolished, and the new and modern  Rodd-Grand Hotel replaced it.