Lockyer/Swyers House Municipal Heritage Building
Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0C, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Lockyer/Swyers House is a wooden, two-storey dwelling in Second Empire style with a mansard roof and bay windows located at 117 Coster Street, Bonavista. The municipal heritage designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Lockyer/Swyers House is designated for its aesthetic and historic values.
Lockyer/Swyers House has aesthetic value as it is a good example of Second Empire style housing, complete with unique exterior design details. It was constructed circa 1911 and is a valuable example of a house constructed by local master craftsman Ronald Strathie, who is noted as a builder of institutional structures. Lockyer/Swyers House serves as a testament to the creativity and architectural proficiency of the Strathie family.
Lockyer/Swyers House has historical importance because of its association with the merchant class in outport Newfoundland, and in Bonavista in particular. The house was built by John Lockyer, who was employed as a manager by the merchant firm of James Ryan. It speaks to the wealth of this class during the early twentieth century and is evidence of the prosperity of the fishery in Bonavista during this time.
Source: Town of Bonavista Town Council meeting minutes of 2006/08/14
All those elements that define the Second Empire/ Strathie style of architecture, including:
-mansard roof (including the placement of felt on the flat roof and wooden shingles on the vertical roofs);
-two-storey bay windows (including pediments, bargeboard, eave brackets, dentils, clapboard on the bias);
-number of storeys;
-window style, size, trim and placement;
-size, style, trim and placement of exterior doors;
-placement and profile of chimneys;
-location of porch on left gable end; and
-dimension, location and orientation of building.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Town of Bonavista, PO Box 279, Bonavista, NL A0C 1B0
Cross-Reference to Collection
The Lockyer/Swyers House, constructed circa 1911, is a two-storey structure built in Second Empire style with a mansard roof and bay windows. It is located at 117 Coster Street,…