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Lighttower

Ferolle Point, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1989/08/31

Ferolle Point Light Tower, left side.; (Photo courtesy of Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada.)
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Other Name(s)

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Construction Date(s)

1912/01/01 to 1914/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/09/12

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Lighttower, located on its rocky site at Ferolle Point, is a hexagonal, concrete structure. The tower has engaged buttresses, which taper from the concrete base and flare out at the top to form support brackets for the round base of the light. The tower is unadorned except for a small, gable-roofed porch at the entrance, rectangular windows in the shaft and narrow rows of corbelling at the top. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Lighttower is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value
The Lighttower is associated with the importance of the northern transportation route through the Strait of Belle Isle to Britain with the advent of steamer traffic. It was built and maintained by Canadian authority with the approval of the Newfoundland government.

Architectural Value
The Lighttower is a good example of a standard design lighttower. It is a very good example of early concrete lighthouse construction technology, in Canada as evidenced by its use of reinforced concrete in a ribbed hexagonal design. It also exhibits fine quality craftsmanship.

Environmental Value
The Lighttower at Ferolle Point reinforces the character of its coastal setting. As a point of reference to passing commercial vessels and area fishermen, it is a local landmark.

Sources:
Kate MacFarlane, Ferolle Point Lighttower, Ferolle Point, Newfoundland, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 88-112; Lighttower, Ferolle Point, Newfoundland, Heritage Character Statement, 88-112.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Lighttower should be respected.

Its standard design, functional qualities and fine craftsmanship, for example:
-the simple, hexagonal massing of the tower that consists of engaged buttresses which taper from the base and flare out at the top to form support brackets for the round base of the light with a round metal cap;
-the reinforced-concrete construction;
-the small, gable-roofed porch, two rectangular windows in the shaft, and two narrow rows of corbelling at the top.

The manner in which the Lighttower reinforces the coastal character of its setting, and is a local landmark, as evidenced by:
-the overall form and massing of the tower which is the dominant element in the setting of compatible ancillary structures;
-the high visibility of the tower as a point of reference to passing sea going vessels.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1989/08/31

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Transport-Water
Navigational Aid or Lighthouse

Historic

Architect / Designer

Department of Marine and Fisheries, Chief Engineer, William P. Anderson

Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

3380

Status

Published

Related Places

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