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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Rorke’s Stone House is a Georgian style, rubble stone, two-and-a-half storey building located on Water Street in Carbonear, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Rorke’s Stone House has aesthetic value because it is an excellent example of a 19th century mercantile premises. It is particularly notable because it is constructed entirely of stone. Rorke's Stone House is a large Georgian style building. It stands two-and-a-half storeys and is made entirely of stone cut on Kelly’s Island in Conception Bay. The building also has a steeply pitched roof with peaked dormers and a storefront ground floor with large showcase windows. This floor was used for mercantile operations, while the upper floors were used as the Rorke family living quarters.
Rorke’s Stone House has further aesthetic value due to its environmental setting. One of the few old stone buildings still standing in Newfoundland, and the only one in Carbonear, it is a landmark building in the community. It is located in a heritage district within Carbonear, and is directly across the street from the Rorke Premises, another registered heritage structure.
Rorke’s Stone House has historic value because of its association with John Rorke. John Rorke owned one of the most successful business firms in Newfoundland in the 19th century. He was heavily involved in the Labrador “stationer” fishery and dealt in the fishery, sealing, ship building, international commercial trade and mercantile businesses. John Rorke was influential in getting the railway constructed between St. John’s and Hall’s Bay. Rorke was also politically influential, serving in the House of Assembly for 20 years in the Carbonear region. In 1879 Rorke became a member of the Executive Council and had the term “Honourable” conferred on him by Queen Victoria upon his retirement. Rorke’s Stone House remained a part of the family business for over 140 years.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Carbonear - Rorke's Stone House – FPT 1507”
All those architectural features that speak to the age and construction of the building in the Georgian style, including:
-rubble stone construction;
-two-and-a-half storey building;
-steeply pitched roof;
-second floor divided into 8 bays;
-peaked dormers with 6/6 windows;
-large showcase windows on ground floor;
-gable end chimneys; and
-building height, dimensions, and massing.
All those features which speak to the building's landmark character in the community, including:
-location on the main street close to the waterfront; and
-proximity to Rorke Premises across the street.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Historic Resources Act
Registered Heritage Structure
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Eating or Drinking Establishment
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Shop or Wholesale Establishment
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1 Springdale Street, St. John's, NL, A1C 5V5
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