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Listed on the Canadian Register:
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.
The Double Dwelling is a Recognized Federal Heritage building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Navigational Aid or Lighthouse
Architect / Designer
Messrs. Colman and Kelly
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Québec
Cross-Reference to Collection