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Butler's Store Municipal Heritage Building

Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1X, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1999/06/15

Front facade of Butler's Store, Conception Bay Highway, Foxtrap, taken 2004.; Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2004
Butler's Store, Foxtrap, CBS
Rear facade of Butler's Store, Foxtrap. Photo taken 2004.; HFNL 2009
Butler's Store, Foxtrap, CBS
View of Butler's Store, located at the rear of the property, Foxtrap, CBS. Photo taken 2004.; HFNL 2009
Outbuilding, Butler's Store, Foxtrap, CBS

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/12/21

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Butler’s Store is a one storey, wooden frame, hipped roof commercial building located on the side of the road at 443 Conception Bay Highway. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Butler’s Store was designated a municipal heritage building because it has cultural, aesthetic and historic values.

Butler’s Store has cultural value because it was one of the main stores for Foxtrap at the beginning of the 20th century. Besides being the community store it was also used as a bus stop, post office and a gathering place for community members to chat and catch up on local news and issues. The building was divided up into many small rooms and each contained different inventory, from sugar to kerosene to animal feed. Much like the old merchant system the store owner, John “Dooley” Butler, bartered with customers for such things as vegetables for flour, worms for fishing poles and fish for firewood.

Butler’s Store has aesthetic value because it is a good example of an early 20th century commercial building. This store features details typical of a community store, with large picture windows and a recessed doorway. Dormer windows in the hip roof were probably constructed to facilitate office and storage space in the attic. The building still has the original narrow wooden clapboard and the back of the building still features the original loading doors.

Butler’s Store has historic value because it is associated with John “Dooley” Butler. Mr. Butler was not only the proprietor of the store, but he also was well regarded as a philanthropist. He was very community oriented and enjoyed supporting church functions as well as other community efforts.

Source: Town of Conception Bay South Regular Council Meeting Motion #99-419 June 15, 1999.

Character-Defining Elements

-narrow wooden clapboard
-window and door openings, including loading doors
-peak dormers
-location on the main road
-orientation and dimensions



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

NL Municipality

Recognition Statute

Municipalities Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land

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Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type



Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
1 Springdale Street
St. John's, NL A1C 5V5

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