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Tower

Margaretsville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1991/09/05

View of the main entrance of the Tower at Margaretsville, showing the prominent square lantern with a hipped roof, the gallery guardrail and the simple detailing around the door and window, 1990.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 1990.
Façade
Historical image of the Tower at Margaretsville, 1890.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 1990.
Side view
Corner view of the Tower at Margaretsville, showing the wood framing and wood shingles without cornerboards, 1990.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 1990.
Corner view

Other Name(s)

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Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1859/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/09/09

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Tower is a sturdy, square tapered structure with a prominent lantern. It is constructed with heavy timber framing and clad in shingles. The Tower is located on the flat, tidal shoreline of Margaretsville. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Tower is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value
The Tower is associated with campaigns to improve the safety of maritime commerce at coastal locations by building navigational aids. The simplicity and economy of construction reflect the desire of the government to expediently build a large number of towers.

Architectural Value
The Tower is a good example of a design introduced in the pre-confederation years notably in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Tower's minimal taper and broad base reflect its heavy timber construction, all of which point to early explorations in the evolution of the square-tapered form as a good functional design. The structure is also distinguished by its minimal decorative treatment.

Environmental Value
The Tower is compatible with the character of its maritime coastal setting. Functioning as a seacoast marker for the associated coastal environment, it is well known in the region.

Sources: Martha Phemister and Gordon Fulton, Square Tapered Wooden Tower, Federal Heritage Building Review Office, Informal Building Report 90-102; Tower, Margaretsville, Nova Scotia, Heritage Character Statement, 90-102.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Tower should be respected.

Its simple design with utilitarian character and quality craftsmanship, for example:
- the sturdy and square footprint of the tapered low tower;
- the wood framing and wood shingles without cornerboards;
- the wooden platform;
- the prominent square lantern with a hipped roof, the gallery guardrail and the simple
detailing around the door and window.

The manner in which the Tower is compatible with the character of the maritime coastal setting, and is well known in the region, as evidenced by:
- the simple design and profile of the tower located on the flat, tidal shoreline;
- the high visibility of the tower as a marker for passing sea-going vessels.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1991/09/05

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Transport-Water
Navigational Aid or Lighthouse

Architect / Designer

Nova Scotia Board of Works

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

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

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

4319

Status

Published

Related Places

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