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Jubilee House Municipal Heritage Building

Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/08/16

View of side and front facades, Jubilee House, 134 Coster Street, Bonavista, summer 2005, after restoration work; HFNL 2005
Jubilee House, Bonavista, circa 2005
Front view of Jubilee House, Bonavista, summer 2005, after restoration work; HFNL 2005
Jubilee House, Bonavista, circa 2005
Exterior rear view of Jubilee House, Bonavista, summer 2005, after restoration work; HFNL 2005
Rear of Jubilee House, Bonavista, 2005

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/09/22

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Jubilee House, also referred to as Jubilee Cottage, is a painted, wooden, two storey, Second Empire style dwelling with a concave mansard roof and dormer windows. It is located at 134 Coster Street, Bonavista. The municipal heritage designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Jubilee House is designated owing to its architectural, historic and environmental values.

Architecturally, Jubilee House reflects local master craftsman Ronald Strathie's interpretation of the Second Empire style. The original building materials of the house are largely intact. The house has aesthetic value because it is a good example of the fine craftsmanship of Ronald Strathie, featuring motifs and details commonly seen in his work.

The Strathie family has a long history as builders in Bonavista. In addition to Jubilee House, Ronald Strathie has been responsible for building other notable houses in the community such as the Roman Catholic Parish House. Jubilee House is also historically important because of its association with John Wither Lawrence, a local business man, tinsmith and farmer for whom it was constructed.

Jubilee House also has historic value because of the year in which it was constructed and the anniversary for which it was named. A brass plaque located inside the house with the inscription “Jubilee House 1887” records that the house was built during the Jubilee year of Queen Victoria’s reign. This 50th anniversary of the monarch’s accession was variously celebrated in Newfoundland, which was frequently referred to as “Britain’s oldest colony” at the time.

Jubilee House has environmental value given its position in Bonavista's landscape. It is highly visible on Coster Street, near the centre of Bonavista centre proper, within a cluster of designated heritage buildings. It contributes to the community's visible heritage as a reminder of a particular time and place, while providing an important element of the visible impact of that cluster of heritage buildings.

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

Character-Defining Elements

All architectural features representative of Ronald Strathie's interpretation of the Second Empire style, including:

-Mansard roof;
-bonneted dormers;
-symmetrical façade;
-original window styles and openings;
-dormer windows;
-original doors openings;
-narrow, painted, wooden clapboard sheathing;
-and decorative trim on windows, including eaves brackets, ornate mouldings.

And in the interior:

-the original brass plaque stating construction date and building name.



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

NL Municipality

Recognition Statute

Municipalities Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



Ronald Strathie

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

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

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Jubilee House, Bonavista

Jubilee House

The Jubilee House is a two storey Second Empire style house with mansard roof, located at 134 Coster Street, Bonavista. The designation is confined to the property.


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