Martin McNamara House
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1E, Canada
Links and documents
1700/01/01 to 1847/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Martin McNamara House is a simple, hipped roof wooden house located at 15 Plank Road, St. John’s. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Martin McNamara House was designated a registered historic structure because it is aesthetically and historically valuable.
The McNamara House is a rare example of a central chimney, wooden house located within the City of St. John’s. Built prior to 1849 this home likely dates to the 1700s because of its style. Located in what used to be a primarily Irish immigrant neighbourhood, the house is reminiscent of very early Irish vernacular construction. The central chimney is prominent on this small, hipped roof house and was a primary heat source for 18th-19th century homes. Rooms on both sides of the house could be heated from fireplaces joined to one chimney. Other details, such as the narrow clapboard, 6/6 windows and wide corner boards give this house a classic vernacular appeal.
McNamara House has historic value because the simplicity in style reflects a time and place when St. John’s was a small fishing town. The house was constructed on Brine’s Farm, which was part of a crown land grant to James Brine, and the structure appears on Noad’s Map of 1849. Martin McNamara, a fisherman, bought the property from the Brine estate in 1857 and it is still used today as a residence. Structures like the McNamara House are rare to find in St. John’s, making this home particularly important in history.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, unnumbered property file, "St. John's - Martin McNamara House."
All elements that are reflective of the building's early 19th century vernacular design, including:
-hipped roof with wood shingles;
-number and dimensions of windows; and,
-location, orientation, dimensions.
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, NL
Cross-Reference to Collection