Nathanial Morris House
Trinity (Trinity Bay), Newfoundland and Labrador, A0C, Canada
Links and documents
1877/01/01 to 1878/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Nathaniel Morris House is a two-and-a-half storey, steep-gable wooden house located in Trinity, Trinity Bay. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Nathaniel Morris House has been designated a Registered Heritage Structure because it has architectural value.
Architecturally, the Nathaniel Morris House is significant because it is a good example of the style of dwelling built in the 19th century for the upper middle class residents of rural Newfoundland. Though the overall structure of this house conformed to the traditional building styles of the region, the exterior embellishments clearly showed that the owner was of importance to the community. The original owner of the house, Nathaniel Morris, was well known throughout the community as he was a dry goods manager for the prominent Trinity merchant, Mr. Bremner. His accumulated wealth allowed him to add features to the house that the average fisherman would not have bothered with. The two large windows of the front façade are quite decorative, each consisting a central 6/6 window surrounded by two 2/2 side windows. The main doorway features a number of classical elements, including pilasters and a partial pediment. Situated near two other historic buildings in Trinity, this grouping of houses provide a social record of housing of the region, a reflection of the residents social standing within the community.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, property designation file A-033-028, "Trinity - Nathanial Morris House"
All elements that defne the building's upper-class vernaclular design including:
-steeply pitched gable roof;
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-double bay main facade;
-location and dimensions of 6/6 windows;
-exterior decoration including corner boards, window mouldings and elaborate door mouldings;
-linhay at rear of house;
-dimensions of house; and,
-all interior features which relate to the age, style and usage of house.
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 Newfoundland
Cross-Reference to Collection