Bay de Verde, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0A, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Blundon House is a two and one half storey house built on a gable-ell plan, located at 7 Blundon’s Point, Bay De Verde, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Blundon House has been designated as a heritage structure because of its aesthetic value, historical associations and cultural value.
Aesthetically, the building is of value as it is a good example of merchant class housing. Constructed in the late 1800s, the exterior accents and ornate detailing set this house apart from others in the community and speak to its ownership by an upper class family.
The building is historically important because it is the last remaining merchant house in Bay De Verde and one of only a few on the lower North Shore of Conception Bay. It is associated with the Blundon family and their role as merchants in the community. The original owner John Blundon, was a successful local merchant who owned several schooners involved in coastal trade. His son James, who was also a merchant, lived in the house as well.
The building has cultural value as it is representative of a particular time and place. In a community context it is a physical reminder of class distinctions in the late 1800s and early 1900s in outport Newfoundland. The house was designed with a separate servants’ quarters, a tangible physical demarcation highlighting the differences in the lifestyle between that of merchant and employee.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property designation file M-030-020, Bay De Verde - Blundon House
All those architectural features which speak to the age, construction and prominent local design of a merchant's dwelling, such as:
-number of storeys;
-gable roof with kicked eaves;
-five-sided porch with gable roof and bay windows;
-location of porch on front facade;
-window size, style, trim and placement;
-size, style, trim and placement of exterior doors;
-detailing on raincaps and cornerboards;
-style and placement of chimneys; and
-location and orientation of building.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Historic Resources Act
Registered Heritage Structure
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador 1 Springdale Street
St. John's, NL
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