Blanchard House is a two storey, Victorian style house located at 012 Blanchard’s Lane in the community of Woody Point, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land
Blanchard House has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Woody Point due to its historic and aesthetic value.
Blanchard House has historic value due to its association with the commercial history of the community of Woody Point. The house was originally built for Thomas Rose, a prominent merchant in the community. The house was later rented by Stewart and Alma Blanchard, who eventually purchased the home from the Rose family in 1946. Blanchard ran a bus and trucking service between Woody Point and Corner Brook and from 1942 to 1974 he operated the ferry that ran between Woody Point and Norris Point. The house played host to many travelers who were stranded in Woody Point during inclement weather or when the ferry was down due to mechanical problems. Before a proper road was constructed on the Great Northern Peninsula the ferry between Woody Point and Norris Point provided a vital link between western Newfoundland and the Great Northern Peninsula.
Blanchard House has aesthetic value because it is a good surviving example of early twentieth century Victorian inspired architecture in a rural context. The structure has 2 two-storey bay windows on the left façade which are accented by panelling and large cornice mouldings. The original covered, open front veranda features large columns and spindles. The main door is recessed, has a transom window and sidelights and is panelled. The eaves are finished in large cornice mouldings, large corner boards accent the corners and the windows are finished with wide trim, the vertical pieces being eared at the top and bottom.
Source: Town of Woody Point property file – Blanchard House.
Character Defining Elements
All those elements which reflect early twentieth century Victorian style, including:
– number of storeys;
– low pitch roof;
– narrow wooden clapboard;
– corner boards;
– size, style, trim and placement of 2 two-storey bay windows decorated with panelling and cornice mouldings;
– size, style, trim and placement of other windows;
– panelled, recessed doorway with transom window and sidelights;
– size, shape and placement of other exterior doors;
– size, style, trim and placement of covered, open veranda with three-sided roof, columns and spindles, and;
– dimension, location and orientation of building.
Location and History
Town of Woody Point
012 Blanchard's Lane
1904 - 1904
Rectangular Short Façade