Point Riche Tower
Tour de la pointe Riche
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Tower at Point Riche is located on a rugged site at the seaward tip of a peninsula. It is a wooden, hexagonal tower, with a shaft that rises to a slightly flared lantern base and prominent lantern. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Tower at Point Riche is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Tower illustrates the theme of safe navigation in important shipping lanes through the Straight of Belle Isle.
The Tower is a good example of a multi-sided tower constructed from a design first developed in the late 18th century in Europe, and used into the 20th century for Canadian towers. The Tower at Point Riche is a good representative example of federal tower design undertaken during the years of Colonel William Anderson’s tenure as Chief Engineer of the Department of Marine and Fisheries.
The Tower reinforces the character of its maritime setting. An important coastal light station, it is a well-known landmark in the region.
Sources: Martha Phemister, Point Riche Lighttower, Port au Choix National Historic Site, Port au Choix, Newfoundland, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 91-036; Tower: Point Riche, National Historic Site, Newfoundland, Heritage Character Statement, 91-036.
The character-defining elements of the Tower should be respected.
Its early Tower design, functional design and good craftsmanship, for example:
- the hexagonal massing of the tower that rises to a slightly flared lantern base and prominent lantern;
- the structural system, comprised of timber framing and two solid wood-frame walls set on a concrete foundation;
- the smooth wood-shingled walls, interrupted by a hooded door and four hooded windows positioned to correspond to the interior staircase;
- the striking red and white colour scheme which provides a strong definition to the base, shaft and lantern.
The manner in which the Tower reinforces the character of its setting and is a well-known regional landmark, as evidenced by:
- its overall appearance, form and materials which harmonizes with the coastal maritime setting;
- its role and visibility as a major light on the northwest coast of Newfoundland;
- its well-known recognition as a distinct landmark in the province.
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
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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