Jones Island Rear Range Light Tower
Tour de phare; phare d’alignement postérieur de l’île Jones
Lighttower; Jones Island Rear Range
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Jones Island Rear Range Light tower is a combined dwelling and tower design. The wooden tower rises out of the centre of the hipped roof of a rectangular one-and-a-half storey wood frame dwelling structure. The range-facing wall of the tower is painted red, matching the door and window trim and roof of the dwelling below. The light tower is situated on Jones Island, which sits in Georgian Bay at the southern boundary to the entry channel leading to Parry Sound.
The Jones Island Rear Range Light tower is a “Recognized” Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Jones Island Rear Range Light tower illustrates the theme of aids to navigation for marine traffic on the Great Lakes. It was constructed in response to an increase in regional trade due to the expanding exploitation of natural resources within the Georgian Bay areas and the transfer of bulk commodities between Canada’s east and west. With a range of 8 nautical miles, it serves as a coastal beacon and is one in a series of five range lights that directs vessels into Parry Sound. The construction of the tower in 1894 contributed to resource based development along the shore, as well as to the development of Parry Sound.
The Jones Island Rear Range light tower is a combined dwelling and tower structure. Its domestic scale and aesthetically pleasing proportions are characterised by a tapered tower rising from the center of a simple hipped roof. Its simple yet elegant design is well suited to its role as a navigational aid. The light tower was carefully constructed using proven building technologies and standard materials for the time, which have withstood the harsh climactic conditions of Georgian Bay for over a century.
The light tower is the only structure on Jones Island, sitting at its north eastern tip. The island is one of many small islands in Georgian Bay forming the southern boundary to the entry channel leading to Parry Sound. The light tower is compatible with this isolated, rugged marine setting and is a landmark to the regional seasonal cottagers and boating community.
The following character-defining elements of the Jones Island Rear Range Light tower should be respected:
— The simple symmetrical form of the standard combined dwelling and light tower design;
— The red and white colour scheme, including the red hipped roof, white painted walls and lantern, red door and window trim, and red walls on the range facing wall of the tower;
— Its tapered wood tower and projecting gallery which supports simple iron railings, and the square lantern with its pyramidal roof;
— The basic and durable materials, typical for a lighthouse of this era including wood framing and exterior cladding;
— Its unchanged relationship with its surroundings as the only structure on Jones Island.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Navigational Aid or Lighthouse
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Conservation and Commemoration Directorate Documentation Centre, 3rd Floor, room 366, 30 Victoria Street, Gatineau, Quebec J8X 0B3
Cross-Reference to Collection
Lighttower; Jones Island Front Range
The Jones Island Front Range Light Tower is a square tapered wooden light tower design. Set on a concrete base, the tower is clad in vertical wood siding and rises to an angled…