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Double Dwelling

Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0G, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1989/08/31

View of the north-east side of the Double Dwelling, showing its relationship to the adjacent lighttower, 1988.; Canadian Coast Guard / Garde côtière canadienne, 1988.
Side view
View of the front façade of the Double Dwelling, 1988.; Canadian Coast Guard / Garde côtière canadienne, 1988.
Aerial view of the Double Dwelling, showing the picturesque, maritime setting of Long Point, 1984.; Canadian Coast Guard / Garde côtière canadienne, 1984.
Aerial view

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/07/07

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Double Dwelling is located on Newfoundland’s rugged northeast coastline at the entrance to Notre Dame Bay. It is a well-proportioned, wooden home built to house two families. It has a gabled-roof, gabled additions and a white painted exterior. The dwelling is located beside the lighthouse. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Double Dwelling is a Recognized Federal Heritage building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.

Historical Value:
The Double Dwelling, through its association with the lighthouse, is a very good example of a building associated with the provision of navigational aids for sea traffic navigating the entrance to Notre Dame Bay. In particular, the establishment of the light station is testimony to public desire to support the declining sealing industry.

Architectural Value:
The Double Dwelling is a good illustration of the Newfoundland vernacular house form, innovatively enlarged to accommodate two families. The deeply moulded wooden trim gives the building particular prominence.

Environmental Value:
The Double Dwelling, as part of the attractive light station ensemble, reinforces the present picturesque, maritime character of Long Point. The structure, by association with the light tower, is well known to the shipping community and to visiting tourists.

Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 88-115; Heritage Character Statement 88-115.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Double Dwelling should be respected.

Its aesthetic design and good quality materials and craftsmanship, for example:
- the structure’s cross-shaped form and massing and its near-symmetrical gabled volumes;
- the fineness of the eaves and window detailing that emphasizes their bold forms, such as the returned eaves and the window’s pronounced drip mouldings;
- the regular pattern of window and door openings;
- the painted clapboard exterior;
- the interior details including the central stairs and fireplaces.

The manner in which the Double Dwelling reinforces the picturesque, maritime setting of Long Point, and acts as a regional landmark as evidenced by:
- the form and massing of the structure that contributes to a picturesque grouping of buildings set against a dramatic, natural environment;
- the high visibility of the Double Dwelling to vessels sailing along the coast and into Notre Dame Bay.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

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Navigational Aid or Lighthouse

Architect / Designer

Messrs. Colman and Kelly



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Québec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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