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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Masonic Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 A.F. and A.M., S.C is a nineteenth century, gable roofed fraternal building located on Victoria Street, Harbour Grace, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Masonic Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 A.F. and A.M., S.C was designated a municipal heritage structure because it has historic and aesthetic values.
The Masonic Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 A.F. and A.M., S.C is historically valuable because of its age. Opened on December 29, 1868 this fraternal lodge housed the Freemasons of Harbour Grace and surrounding areas. This building is identified as the oldest wooden Masonic building in Canada, and an inscription on the base of the right, front pillar reads:
Presented to Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 S.C by the Grand Lodge of Scotland, AF and AM in recognition of being identified as the oldest wooden Masonic building in Canada constructed circa 1867, unveiled by Bro. W. Rex Cotter RWDGM, June 9, 2004
The Masonic Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 A.F. and A.M., S.C is aesthetically valuable because it is a good surviving example of a wooden fraternal lodge. It is a large two-storey wooden hall on a stone foundation, with a steeply pitched gable roof. The exterior features narrow clapboard, eave dentils on the front, rear, and sides, and pilasters at the corners. A circular emblem with an inscribed five-pointed star in the front gable identifies the lodge to other members. Lettering over the main entrance reads “LODGE HARBOUR GRACE NO.476". The Masonic Lodge Harbour Grace No. 476 A.F. and A.M., S.C also has a flagpole in the front gable extending above the roof peak. This building has a center gable end entrance, double door with top light, and a large moulded lintel supported on metal posts. Windows are 6/6 with labels and a central, square Palladian window flanks the center of the gable end, directly above the front door.
Source: Passed by a motion of Harbour Grace Town Council, held January 10, 2006
All those elements that encompass the wooden, fraternal building style, including:
-steeply pitched gable roof;
-all window and door openings;
-Palladian square windows;
-all identifying and commemorative inscriptions;
-diagonal plank double doors; and
-location, dimensions, general massing and orientation.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Community Organizations
Function - Category and Type
- Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1 Springdale Street, P.O. Box 5171, St. John's, NL, A1C 5V5
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