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St. Peter's Anglican Church

Catalina, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1987/06/08

St. Peter's Anglican Church side elevation,  Catalina, Trinity Bay.; HFNL 2005
St. Peter's Anglican Church, Catalina
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/01/11

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

St. Peter’s Anglican Church is a Gothic-revival, wooden frame church located in Catalina, Trinity Bay. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

St. Peter’s Anglican Church was designated a registered historic structure because it has aesthetic, historic and environmental values.

St. Peter’s Church has aesthetic value because it is a good example of a 19th century, Gothic Revival, heavy timber frame church. Rather than being heavily ornamented St. Peter’s Church has puritan dignity and fine proportions. It has a central nave and small, gothic-style clerestory windows. Its hammer truss arrangement is set off by the original hand crafted elements such as the sanctuary railing, pulpit, font and seats. The multi-pane gothic windows and frames were purchased at Southcotts in St. John’s. The steeple measures 22 m high and features gothic-shaped louvres and a cross at the tip of the spire.

St. Peter’s Church has historic value because on October 1947 St. Peter’s Mission celebrated its centenary. A sermon was broadcast over radio stations VONF and VONH at St. John’s and Gander. It was probably the first broadcast to originate in an outport and was subsequently recorded and rebroadcast later.

Catalina has a long history of seafaring and overseas trade. At one time it was the principal centre of the Grand Banks fishery, had a sizeable inshore fishery and engaged in the seal fishery. Catalina was a port of call and a safe haven for vessels engaged in the coastal trade. For foreign fishers it would also have been a safe haven for those who wished to enjoy a sermon or seek help from the church.

St. Peter’s Church has environmental value because it is surrounded by huge pine and fir trees. The church sits on high ground near some of the oldest homes in the community. The church and steeple are the most visible elements in Catalina and the presence of St. Peter’s Church signifies permanence.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, unnumbered file, Catalina - St. Peter's Anglican Church

Character-Defining Elements

All those features which are reflective of a rural Newfoundland ecclesiastical interpetation of the Gothic Revival style, including:
-steeple with gothic louvres;
-narrow clapboard;
-stone wall foundation;
-arched, wood plank door;
-multipane, gothic arched windows;
-small, gothic clerestory windows; and,
-orientation, location and dimensions;



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Statute

Historic Resources Act

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Registered Heritage Structure

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Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

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Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

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Location of Supporting Documentation

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

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