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1912/01/01 to 1914/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
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.
The Lighttower is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Navigational Aid or Lighthouse
Architect / Designer
Department of Marine and Fisheries, Chief Engineer, William P. Anderson
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection