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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Jenniex House Municipal Heritage Building is a two-storey, wooden, vernacular building with a low-hipped roof, and is located at the Norris Point Lookout, 104 Main Road, Norris Point, Newfoundland and Labrador. The former family dwelling now operates as a heritage museum with a view of the Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park located on the great Northern Peninsula. The municipal heritage designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Jenniex House has historic value within Norris Point as one of the community's oldest dwellings. It was built in 1926 in neighbouring Neddies Harbour by Augustus Major, whose family was amongst the first fifty settlers in the Norris Point area in the mid 1880s. When Augustus Major died, his wife Alma married Garfield Jenniex, and in the winter of 1938 the house was moved across the ice from Neddy Point with the assistance of horses, to what is now known as Jenniex Lane in Norris Point.
Jenniex House has cultural value as it is currently operated by the Norris Point Heritage Committee as a tourist attraction and community museum with period artifacts. The Jenniex family donated the house to the Norris Point Heritage Committee in the late 1990s. The committee refurbished the dwelling and moved it to its current location, the Norris Point Lookout, with an impressive view of Bonne Bay and the Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Jenniex House has been relocated several times. Indeed, the moving of houses, sometimes whole towns, is a common tradition in Newfoundland and Labrador. Some alterations have been made to Jenniex House and its materials, yet the building itself generally retains its architectural and aesthetic values as an example of a 20th century vernacular dwelling in outport Newfoundland. Its key, intact features include its simple, rectangular, two-storey form; low-hipped roof; narrow clapboard siding; plain wooden trims and cornerboards; and original openings for doors and windows.
Source: Town of Norris Point, meeting of the Town Council held June 13, 2006
All those extant exterior elements which are indicative of the building’s original function as a dwelling, its age and its corresponding vernacular style including:
-the form and dimensions of the building;
-the low-hipped roof;
-the narrow clapboard sheathing;
-plain wooden trims and corner boards;
-and the placement and dimensions of the doors and windows.
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 Norris Point, PO Box 119, Norris Point, NL A0K 3V0
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