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Lawrence Cottage Municipal Heritage Building

Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/08/14

Exterior photo view of side and front of Lawrence Cottage, Bonavista, NL, circa 2004; HFNL 2004
Lawrence Cottage, Bonavista, NL, circa 2004
Detail of front door after restoration.  Photo shows storm door - solid plank with two large hinges and typical latch.; HFNL 2004
Front entrance, Lawrence Cottage, Bonavista, NL
Detail of central peaked dormer just above the main entrance.  This is a typical feature in the Bonavista area.; HFNL 2004
Detail of Lawrence Cottage, Bonavista, NL

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/09/22

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Lawrence Cottage is a one-and-a-half storey, wooden framed house with a gable roof located at 006 Lawrence Lane in Bonavista, NL. The municipal heritage designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Lawrence cottage is designated owing to its architectural and cultural values.

Architecturally, Lawrence Cottage is reflective of the style of house built for well-to-do residents in Bonavista during the latter part of the 19th century. The house was built using typical wood frame construction and the exterior was decorated in the style common in 19th century outport Bonavista. The single front peak is a recognizable feature for the area, as well as the simple house design with a lack of exterior ornamentation. The interior presents detailing that is original to the house and the floor plan has remained unchanged since the time of its construction. The architectural value of this house lies in the fact that it reflects, both inside and out, the craftsmanship of early builders in Bonavista.

Lawrence Cottage has cultural value because of its associations with a prominent entrepreneurial family in Bonavista, the Lawrences. Lawrence Cottage was constructed for John Lawrence Jr., a local businessman who once had a tinsmith shop on the property.

Source: Town of Bonavista Town Council meeting minutes of 2006/08/14

Character-Defining Elements

All exterior original features which relate to the age and style of the property, including:

-gable roof with wooden shingle covering;
-placement and appearance of peaked dormer;
-original uniform windows openings and door placement;
-original window and door types;
-narrow clapboard;
-decorative elements including trim on windows, rain caps and door mouldings;
-linhay at back of house;
-and the dimensions, location and orientation of the building.



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

NL Municipality

Recognition Statute

Municipalities Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land

Recognition Date


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



John Lawrence Jr. or Sr. or both

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Bonavista, PO Box 279, Bonavista, NL, A0C 1B0

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