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Henry Tremblett House Registered Heritage Structure

Henry Tremblett House, Bonavista, NL
Henry Tremblett House, Bonavista, NL
Henry Tremblett House, Bonavista, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

Built circa 1900, Henry Tremblett House is a two-and-a-half storey timber framed structure with a steeply pitched gable roof. Located in Bonavista, NL, Henry Tremblett House was designed by Joseph Strathie of the renowned Strathie family of architects. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Henry Tremblett House was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1996 for its aesthetic and historic value.

Henry Tremblett House has aesthetic value for its association with the Strathie family. The architectural legacy of the Strathie family is an integral part of the history of Bonavista and Henry Tremblett House is valuable as an excellent example of Strathie architecture. Designed and built by Joseph Strathie, Henry Tremblett house is similar in design to other houses built by the Strathie family. The symmetrical, Georgian style, three bay façade with a steep pitched gable roof and two chimneys is reminiscent of houses such as William Alexander House - which is said to have set the architectural tone for Bonavista in the early 19th century. Henry Tremblett House also features its own unique elements such as highly decorative bargeboard on the gable ends and heavy rain caps over most of the windows. Finally, despite its age and the harsh climate of Newfoundland, Henry Tremblett House is in good condition and stands as a testament to the quality of craftsmanship of the Strathie family.

Henry Tremblett House has historic value for its association with successful Bonavista fisherman Henry Tremblett, for whom the house was built. It was rare for a fisherman to have a house of this size and grandeur during this period. Furthermore, it was uncommon for a fisherman to be able to afford a member of the Strathie dynasty to design his house. Tremblett was highly successful and is noted as having a large account with James Ryan Limited in Bonavista. Henry Tremblett House evokes a sense of time and place when the Newfoundland fishery was in its hey-day. This house stands as a physical reminder of the affluence enjoyed by some fishermen during this period. Moreover, the building stands as a physical demarcation of the different levels of success between men of the same occupation.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Bonavista - Henry Tremblett House – FPT 133”

Character Defining Elements

All those elements that define the Strathie/Georgian style of architecture, including:
- steep gable roof;
- wooden roof shingles;
- bargeboard on the gable ends;
- chimney style (corbelled top) and placement;
- number of storeys;
- narrow wooden clapboard;
- wooden corner boards;
- symmetrical three bay façade;
- size, style, trim and placement of wooden windows;
- large entablatures over most windows;
- size, style, trim and placement of exterior wooden doors;
- size, style, trim and placement of wooden storm windows;
- size, style, trim and placement of one-storey bay windows on front façade;
- size, style, trim and placement of porch on front facade;
- size, style, trim and placement of porch on rear facade;
- cut stone foundation, and;
- dimension, location and orientation of building.

Location and History

Community Bonavista
Municipality Town of Bonavista
Civic Address Cape Shore Road
Construction (circa) 1900 - 1900
Architect
Joseph Strathie
Builder
Joseph Strathie
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade
Website Link http://www.bonavistaliving.com