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The Maples

Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/01/10

Exterior view of The Maples, Harbour Grace.  Photo taken winter, 2005.; HFNL 2005
The Maples, Harbour Grace, NL.
Exterior view of The Maples, Harbour Grace.  View shows house set back and portion of fence.; HFNL 2005
The Maples, Harbour Grace, NL.
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/01/13

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Maples is a two storey modified Queen Anne style residence located on Water Street in the Harbour Grace Heritage District. The designation encompasses the entire property fronted by Water Street and surrounded by a fence on all sides.

Heritage Value

The Maples has been designated a municipal heritage building because it is aesthetically and environmentally valuable. This house is a vernacular interpretation of the Queen Anne style of architecture and displays many features of this style. The steeply pitched gable roof is punctuated with two end chimneys projecting above the ridge. Two two-storey bow windows are symmetrically placed at the main façade and they have truncated peaked, polygonal roofs sheathed in patterned shingles. A central dormer also has a truncated peaked roof. This house features 9/1 windows that have wide window trim with detailed moulding. A small projecting roofline wraps around the house delineating the first and second stories, and it is sheathed in shingles. The generous use of shingles and narrow wooden clapboard add interest and detail. The central panelled front door has side lights, panelled fascia boards and a narrow transom. The Maples is grounded by the wraparound veranda with front facing stairs and the house sits on a large mature lot surrounded by mature trees and enclosed by a wrought iron fence.

The Maples is environmentally valuable because of its location within the Harbour Grace Heritage District. This house sits directly across the street from the harbour, which was once a major port in Newfoundland. Surrounding this property are similarly styled houses, sitting on equally large parcels of land. This Heritage District encompasses several Provincially Registered Heritage Structures and a National Historic Site stone courthouse. The location of the Maples suggests the wealth and high social status of the original owner within this prosperous neighbourhood.

Source: Passed by a motion of Harbour Grace Town Council, held January 10, 2006

Character-Defining Elements

All those features which define the modified Queen Anne style, including:
-steeply pitched gable roof;
-two-storey bow windows with truncated peaked polygonal roofs;
-central dormer with truncated peaked roof;
-use of patterned shingles throughout exterior, including roofs;
-9/1 windows with wide trim and detailed moulding;
-all window openings, sizes, fenestrations;
-projecting roofline which delineates the first and second stories;
-two storey construction;
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-central panelled front door with fascia boards, side lights and transom;
-wraparound veranda with front facing stairs;
-use of open space surrounding the house and location on a mature lot;
-orientation towards the harbour; and
-location within the Harbour Grace Heritage District.



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

NL Municipality

Recognition Statute

Municipalities Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land

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Historical Information

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

William Carson



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1 Springdale Street, P.O. Box 5171, St. John's, NL, A1C 5V5

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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