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Landfall (Kent Cottage) Registered Heritage Structure

Brigus, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1988/06/06

Exterior view of Landfall, Brigus, south facade.  Photo taken during Doors Open Brigus Event 2005.; HFNL/ 2005
Landfall, Brigus, NL
Exterior view of Landfall, looking eastwards towards Brigus Battery.  View shows western facade of the house.  Photo taken 2006.; Vicky Taylor-Hood 2006
Landfall (Kent Cottage), Brigus, NL.
View of front facade, Landfall.  Photo taken from Brigus Harbour, 2006.; Vicky Taylor-Hood 2006
Landfall (Kent Cottage), Brigus, NL.

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/02/07

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Landfall is a steeply pitched gable roof house situated on the rocks of the Brigus Battery at the mouth of Brigus Harbour. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Landfall is designated a registered heritage structure because it has historical, environmental and aesthetic values.

Landfall is historically significant because it is one of the oldest existing structures in Brigus. The house has received a few additions as it was owned and seasonally lived in by several people, most notably the artists Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) and Albert E. Harris (1900-1933).

American-born Rockwell Kent settled in Brigus in 1914 where he purchased Landmark and later named it Kent Cottage. While his love of adventure allowed him to travel and write extensively, he was artistically inspired by the landscape of Brigus and the cottage is featured in some of Kent’s paintings.

In 1915 English-born engineer and artist Albert Edward Harris purchased Landfall and in 1929, following his retirement, moved to Brigus to pursue his artistic interests. He is best known for his etchings and watercolours of scenes and landscapes of Conception Bay, Brigus and the cottage.

Landfall is also historically valuable because it was constructed in the Battery, named after a gun placement site during King George’s War from 1740-1748. It was also known as Freshwater as it was a main source of water for sealing fleets on their way to the ice floes.

Landfall is environmentally valuable because of its location within the community. Perched above the Atlantic Ocean on a rocky coastline it sits nestled among trees, where the surrounding landscape remains untouched and retains its primitive beauty. It occupies a dominant, scenic place opposite two churches and the beach in a community known for its picturesque charm and unique heritage.

Landfall has aesthetic value because it maintains the general shape and size of an early 19th century residence. Also, there remain examples of Kent's work on the interior in the form of small surface paintings on the walls and doors.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, unnumbered property designation file, Brigus - Landfall (Kent Cottage)

Character-Defining Elements

All elements that define the enviromental value of Landfall including:
-prominent location on coastline;
-wide-reaching open space;
-unimpeded view of Atlantic Ocean; and
-dimensions, orientation and location.

All those architectural elements that relate to the general size and shape of the early 19th century residence, including:
-roof shape;
-building shape;
-rear addition; and
-general massing.

All interior surface paintings created by Rockwell Kent.



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Statute

Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Learning and the Arts

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

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

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