Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Sited on a rocky outcrop along the west coast of Newfoundland, the Lobster Cove Lighthouse is a white, straight-sided structure of cast-iron construction. A prominent lantern, capped with a domed roof and weather vane, tops the cylindrical lighthouse. The site also contains the lightkeeper’s house and a shed. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse illustrates the development of safe navigation for local shipping and fishing along the Newfoundland coastline. Its construction demonstrates the colony’s final acceptance of its responsibilities to the people who lived and worked on the west coast of the island.
A good example of a prefabricated component tower as it appeared in Newfoundland at the turn of the 20th century, the elegant Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse is a well-proportioned, functional structure. Its locally cast iron shaft exhibits very good craftsmanship and materials.
The Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, which is a part of the Lobster Cove Lightstation with two other support buildings, reinforces its picturesque, maritime setting. It is a familiar structure to the surrounding community.
Sally Coutts, Lobster Cove Head Lightstation, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 89-044; Lobster Cove Lightstation, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Heritage Character Statement, 89-044.
The character-defining elements of the Lobster Cove Lighthouse should be respected.
Its good aesthetic design, very good functional design and craftsmanship and materials, for example:
-its well-proportioned and elegant massing, consisting of a plain shaft, prominent lantern, domed roof and weather vane;
-its prefabricated cast-iron construction;
-the simple four-paned windows on the tower.
The manner in which the Lighthouse reinforces the character of its maritime setting and is a familiar landmark, as evidenced by:
-the picturesque qualities of its design and form, which complement the natural environment;
-its dominant role in the lightstation complex;
-the high visibility of the Lighthouse to passing sea going vessels and its role as one Gros Morne National Park’s interpretive tools.
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
Victoria Iron Works
Location of Supporting Documentation
Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate Documentation Centre 3rd Floor, room 366 30 Victoria Street Gatineau, Québec J8X 0B3
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