241 River Valley Drive
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
241 River Valley Drive is a Second Empire home that has been adapted for commercial use. Located in the business core of Grand Bay-Westfield, the two storey building stands out from the predominantly modern streetscape as a visible reminder of the town’s history.
241 River Valley Drive is valued as a rare example of a Second Empire house in the town of Grand Bay-Westfield. Common in the nearby City of Saint John after the Saint John Fire of 1877, the style was not favoured in Grand Bay-Westfield even though many residences were built as summer homes by people from the city.
The home was likely erected in the 1870s, the height of Second Empire architecture, on a lot that was granted to Stephen Smith in 1816. Many Second Empire features are evident in the details of the structure, including the wood detailing of the façade, 3 dormers with original 2/2 windows, mansard roof (façade), bracketed eaves, and front double-door entrance with cut glass. A fire in the late 1980s necessitated the truncation of the cedar-shingled mansard roof.
The building is also important as an example of a repurposed historic building in the business core of the town.
Source: Grand Bay-Westfield Historic Place files: 241 River Valley Drive
Character defining elements of 241 River Valley Drive include:
- it is a rare example of Second Empire architecture in Grand Bay-Westfield;
- Second Empire architectural elements, including cedar-shingled mansard roof, three dormer windows with 2/2 panes, wooden detailing of the façade, front entrance with double doors and cut glass;
- commercial architectural elements.
Local Governments (NB)
Heritage Conservation Act
Local Historic Place (municipal)
1816/01/01 to 1816/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Office or Office Building
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Grand Bay-Westfield Historic Places files, Town Hall, 609 River Valley Dive, Grand Bay-Westfield, NB
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