Tour de phare
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1905/01/01 to 1906/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Tower at the entrance to Shippegan Gulley is a medium-height, tapered octagonal tower built to a standard design. Its simple form, constructed with wood, is distinguished by its prominent cove-profile cornice and classically inspired details. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Tower is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Tower is a good example of a wooden lighttower, built to a standard design, used by the Department of Marine and Fisheries during the early years of the 20th century. Its simple form displays some classically inspired details such as the projecting pedimented window and door hoods, the lantern platform and the flared cove.
The Tower reinforces the simple character of its undeveloped coastal setting. It is an obvious landmark to mariners using the harbour, and highly visible to tourists visiting the adjacent sand dunes.
Sources: Gordon Fulton, Lighttower, Big Shippegan, New Brunswick, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 90-099; Lighttower, Big Shippegan, New Brunswick, Heritage Character Statement, 90-099.
The following character-defining elements of the Tower should be respected.
Its standard design, with classically inspired details, for example:
-the simple symmetrical massing and profile of the tapered,medium-height octagonal structure;
-the horizontal wood shingles without corner boards, and the fine-scale boarding of the flared cove below the cornice;
-the projecting pedimented window and door hoods;
-the three line iron pipe railing projecting from the gallery lantern with distinctive articulated joints and ball knobs;
-the octagonal cast-iron lantern with a cone-topped ventilator;
-the paint scheme consisting of a white tower with red accents.
The manner in which the Tower reinforces the simple, natural character of the setting, and is a prominent landmark for mariners and tourists, as evidenced by:
-the simple form and appearance of the Tower that is in keeping with the simple undeveloped coastal setting;
-the high visibility of the Tower from the harbour and from the adjacent sand dunes which makes it a familiar in the area.
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
Department of Marine and Fisheries, Engineering Branch
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection