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Keeper's House

Huron-Kinloss, Ontario, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1994/07/14

Corner view of the Keeper's House showing the three-bay façade arrangement, 1997.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, J.P. Jérôme, 1997.
Corner view
Panoramic view of the Keeper's House and Lighttower emphasizing its scale, design and materials, which are compatible with its surrounding building at Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada, 1995.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, J. Butterill, 1995.
Panorama
Side view of the Keeper's House showing the rock-faced stone walls set in even courses, 1995.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, J. Butterill, 1995.
Side view

Other Name(s)

Keeper's House
Point Clark lightkeeper's Dwelling
Résidence du gardien de phare de la pointe Clark

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1855/01/01 to 1859/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/04/25

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Keeper's House is located along the shores of Lake Huron adjacent to a lighthouse at Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada. The dwelling is a simple three-bay, stone structure with a gable roof and projecting end chimneys. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Keeper's House is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value
The Keeper's House is closely associated with the provision of navigational aid in the Great Lakes. The house was built with the lighthouse at Point Clark as part of a lighting campaign along the shores of Lake Huron. As part of Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada, the building now houses a small museum operated by the Township of Huron.

Architectural Value
The Keeper's House is valued for its good aesthetic design, which is similar to other Imperial lighthouse dwellings. Its proportion and symmetry suggest the influence of British classicism, also seen in 18th- or early 19th-century stone cottages in Scotland. The building’s very good craftsmanship and materials is evidenced in its rock-faced stone walls that are set in even courses.

Environmental Value
The Keeper's House is compatible with the present character of its historic lightstation setting at Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada. The house is familiar within the area.

Sources: Joan Mattie, Lighthouse and Keeper’s Dwelling, Point Clark National Historic Site, Point Clark, Ontario, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office, Building Report, 93-084; Lightkeeper’s Dwelling, Point Clark, Ontario, Heritage Character Statement, 93-084.

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements of the Keeper's House should be respected.

Its good aesthetic and functional design and very good materials and craftsmanship, for example:
-the massing and symmetry of the rectangular structure;
-the gable-roof with projecting end chimneys;
-the three-bay façade arrangement;
-the rock-faced stone walls set in even courses;
-the surviving significant features of the interior such as the fireplace and the boxed stairway.

The manner in which the Keeper's House is compatible with the present character historic light station setting and is a familiar building within the area, as evidenced by:
-its scale, design and materials, which are compatible with its surrounding building at Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada;
-its role as a museum at a national historic site of Canada, which makes it familiar.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1994/07/14

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Museum

Historic

Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

Department of Public Works

Builder

n/a

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

6334

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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