Links and documents
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Light Tower is located at Pointe Carleton, in the centre of the north coast of Anticosti Island, in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. It is an octagonal, reinforced concrete tower with an octagonal gallery and lantern. The pedimented cap over the doorway and the triangular lintels over the vertically aligned windows are its only decorative features. The designation is confirmed to the footprint of the building.
The Light Tower is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Light Tower is closely associated with the lighting of the north coast of Anticosti Island which helped improve maritime transportation by making the passage safer for vessels taking the shorter route from the Straight of Belle Isle to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River.
The Light Tower is valued for its good aesthetic design. The octagonal tower is built in the style developed in the early part of the 20th century. The tower is well suited to the constraints of its function. Good craftsmanship is evidenced in its reinforced concrete method of construction.
The Light Tower reinforces the utilitarian character of its light station setting and is a familiar landmark in the Jacques Cartier Straight.
Sources: Margaret Coleman, Pointe Carleton Light Tower, Québec, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office, Building Report, 89-186; Pointe Carleton Light Tower, Anticosti Island, Québec, Heritage Character Statement, 89-186.
The character-defining elements of the Light Tower should be respected.
Its good aesthetic functional design, and good craftsmanship and materials, for example:
- the massing, which consists of an octagonal tower, gallery and lantern;
- the reinforced concrete construction;
- the pedimented cap over the doorway and the triangular lintels over the windows.
The manner in which the Light Tower reinforces the utilitarian character of its light station setting and is a familiar landmark in the area, as evidenced by:
- its overall design and materials, which form a coherent whole with the neighbouring buildings at the light station;
- its highly visible and strategic location in Jacques Cartier Strait, which makes it a familiar landmark.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
Architect / Designer
Department of Marine and Fisheries
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection