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St. Gabriel's Hall Municipal Heritage Building

Marystown, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0E, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/09/05

Exterior historic photo of St. Gabriel's Hall, Marystown, circa 1940s.; HFNL 2006
St. Gabriel's Hall, Marystown, NL
View from across the harbour of St. Gabriel's Hall, Marystown; date unknown. Building located on the crest of the hill, tower visible on the left of the building.; HFNL 2006
St. Gabriel's Hall, Marystown, NL
Exterior photo of St. Gabriel's Hall, Marystown, tower removed. Photo taken in 2006; ; HFNL 2006
St. Gabriel's Hall, Marystown, NL

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Construction Date(s)

1915/01/01 to 1919/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/04/03

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Built in the Second Empire style, St. Gabriel’s Hall is a two-and-one-half-storey building with a hipped-roof. Constructed between 1915 and 1919 the structure is situated in a highly visible location in Marystown, NL. The municipal designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

St. Gabriel’s Hall has been designated a Municipal Heritage Building by the Town of Marystown because of its historic, cultural and aesthetic values.

St. Gabriel’s Hall has historic value as it is a physical testament to a way of life once common in small communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Founded in 1909, Sacred Heart Parish was in its infancy when Rev. E. J. Wilson called for the construction of a parish hall. All able bodied men were requested to cut the wood needed for the project. With horses, slides and saws, men from Little Bay, Beau Bios and Marystown headed off to Garnish Pond to fell the timber. Four years later, reportedly on March 24th - the feast day of St. Gabriel, the new hall was opened. Such community efforts to erect public buildings were once a common practice in small communities and they speak to an earlier way of life which is waning.

St. Gabriel’s Hall has cultural value because of the social function it has served in the community from the time of its construction. Originally maintained by Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Parish, the building has been used to host dances, weddings, concerts, garden parties, fall fairs, agricultural fairs, bingo games and meetings of community groups such as the Sea Cadets. Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day concerts were particularly popular, as were adult dances. The events financially helped the Roman Catholic parish and provided a source of entertainment for community residents. In the early days of the hall, before the introduction of telephones in the 1950s, events would be announced by raising a flag on the hall's clock tower. The flag could be seen on both sides of the harbour and was a welcomed signal of upcoming social events.

St. Gabriel’s Hall has aesthetic value as an example of a rural parish hall influenced by the Second Empire style. The building stands two-and-one-half-storeys, featuring a hipped roof and symmetrical lines. It has further aesthetic value as a well-known landmark in the community of Marystown, recognized for its size and shape. At the time of its construction, it was one of the largest structures on the Burin Peninsula. It remains an imposing structure and its placement allows for it to be seen from many vantage points throughout the community.

Source: Town of Marystown Regular Council Meeting Motion #MMC 2006 09 05/007R, September 5, 2006.

Character-Defining Elements

All those elements reflective of Second Empire style, including;
- hipped roof;
- two-and-one-half storey construction;
- original-style, narrow wooden clapboard;
- original-style, wooden corner boards;
- original window size, style, trim and placement;
- original size, style, trim and placement of exterior doors;
- dimensions, location and orientation of building.



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

NL Municipality

Recognition Statute

Municipalities Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land

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Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type


Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador 1 Springdale Street St. John's, NL A1C 5V5

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