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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Lower Light, situated on a steep shoreline in a barren and rocky landscape, is a red metal lantern set on a solid concrete base with an outer masonry wall. A small wooden entrance shed is attached to the lantern. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Lower Light, is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Lower Light is associated with the establishment of aids to navigation. Its construction along with the Upper Light, and the Lighttower marked a major step in the development of the route through the Strait of Belle Isle as a viable alternative to the longer route to Newfoundland. The Lower Light was designed to illuminate the way when the Upper Light was obscured by fog.
The Lower Light is a good example of a light designed without a tower since it was designed to provide a light closer to the water than the frequently fog-obscured upper light. Instead of a tower, the light is characterized by a solid concrete base with an outer masonry wall on which is mounted on a well-proportioned metal lantern capped with a domed roof.
The Lower Light maintains an unchanged relationship to its site on a steep shoreline in a barren and rocky landscape. It is compatible with the coastal setting and is a landmark to commercial vessels and local area fishermen.
Margaret Coleman, Keeper’s Dwelling, Upper and Lower Lights, Belle Isle South West, Newfoundland, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 88-132; Lower Light, South West Belle Isle, Newfoundland, Heritage Character Statement, 88-132.
The character-defining elements of the Lower Light should be respected.
Its functional design, for example:
-the structure’s simple form that consists of a solid concrete base with an outer masonry wall on which is mounted a metal lantern capped with a domed roof with an attached small, wooden entrance shed;
-the surviving colour scheme.
The manner in which the Lower Light maintains an unchanged relationship with its site and is compatible with the character of its coastal maritime setting, and is a local landmark in the area, as evidenced by:
-the ongoing relationship of the structure to the steep shoreline and barren, rocky landscape;
-the compatibility of its form and massing with the other navigational aids on Belle Isle;
-the high visibility of the structure 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
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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