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Adam Mouland Property Registered Heritage Structure

Adam Mouland Property, Bonavista, NL
Adam Mouland Property, Bonavista, NL
Adam Mouland Property, Bonavista, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The Adam Mouland Property is comprised of a two-and-a-half storey house with a steeply pitched gable roof and a one-and-a-half storey fisherman’s store located in Bonavista, NL. The designation is confined to the property.

Heritage Value

The Adam Mouland Property was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1995 because of its historic and aesthetic value.

The Adam Mouland Property has historic value because it is representative of an era when the people of Bonavista relied heavily on the inshore fishery for survival. At the time when this house was constructed it was common for residents to have a number of fishery-related outbuildings on their property. As the dependency on the fishery dwindled, so too did the number of outbuildings needed by the residents of Bonavista. The fish store located on the Adam Mouland Property is significant because it serves as a visual reminder of a traditional homestead; a type that is disappearing from the Newfoundland landscape.

The Adam Mouland Property has aesthetic value because it is a good representation of the way in which outport builders in Bonavista interpreted the gable roofed house style. The simple, yet decorative window and door trim reflect the builder’s expressive style and craftsmanship.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Bonavista - Adam Mouland Property – FPT 128”

Character Defining Elements

All original features which relate to the age and style of the dwelling house, including:
- steeply pitched gable roof with ladder;
- rain caps and decorative window and door trim;
- original 4/4 wooden windows;
- original wooden door;
- window and door placements, sizes and shapes;
- narrow wooden clapboard and wooden cornerboards;
- location, size, and style of chimney; and
- location, orientation, and size of building.

All those elements that reflect the vernacular, utilitarian design of the store, including:
- wooden construction and massing;
- lack of decoration;
- red ochre colour; and
- proximity and orientation in relation to the dwelling house.

Location and History

Community Bonavista
Municipality Town of Bonavista
Civic Address 74 Roper Street
Construction 1913 - 1913
Architect
Adam Mouland
Builder
Adam Mouland
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade
Website Link https://www.bonavistaliving.com/adam-mouland-house.html