Random Head Lighthouse
Phare de Random Head
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Lighttower at Random Head, is a modest, cast-iron tower with a red and white checkerboard paint scheme. Its profile is accentuated by the lantern capped with a prominent weathervane. The Lighttower is located on the summit of the largest island in the Motion Islands, a remote, sparsely populated section of Trinity Bay. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Lighttower, is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Lighttower illustrates the theme of navigational aids in Newfoundland when it was a British colony with an economy based almost solely on the sea. Its construction also illustrates the theme of growing industrialization around the turn of the 20th century.
The Lighttower is a very good example of a utilitarian structure constructed with cast-iron technology to an excellent functional design. It is one of approximately 26 lighthouses of prefabricated iron and steel construction, thought to be the only surviving examples of their type in Canada. Favoured because of their inexpensive cost, ease of erection, low maintenance requirements and long-term durability, these structures reflect the desire to achieve a design that would withstand the rigours of the Newfoundland coast.
The Lighttower reinforces the character of its maritime setting and is a familiar landmark to mariners in the region.
Joan Mattie, Six Newfoundland Lighthouse,: Green point; Heart’s Content; King’s Cove Head; Little Denier Island; North Head; Brigus; Random Head, Newfoundland, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 89-198, 89-199, 89-200, 89-201, 89-208, 89-211; Lighthouse: Random Head, Conception Bay, Brigus, Newfoundland, Heritage Character Statement, 89-211.
The character-defining elements of the Lighttower should be respected.
Its utilitarian design, cast-iron construction technology and construction, for example:
-the simple, well-proportioned massing of the tower which consists of a smooth tubular form composed of a shaft, lantern platform and lantern capped with a prominent weathervane;
-the cast-iron construction system, comprised of cylindrical segments bolted together on the interior face;
-the red and white checkerboard paint scheme.
The manner in which the Lighttower reinforces the character of its maritime setting and is a familiar landmark, as evidenced by:
-its overall composition and appearance situated at the summit of a remote island on the rugged, exposed Newfoundland coast;
-its high visibility to passing sea going vessels.
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
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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