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Abram Richards Property Registered Heritage Structure

Abram Richards Property, Bareneed, NL
Abram Richards Property, Bareneed, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The Abram Richards Property is a two storey, wooden frame, square house located in Bareneed, NL. The designation includes the house, the surrounding property and the outbuilding situated at the back of the garden.

Heritage Value

The Abram Richards Property was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001 because it has aesthetic value.

The Abram Richards Property has aesthetic value as it is a well-preserved, turn of the century wooden dwelling typical of a fast disappearing style once common in Newfoundland and Labrador. The style of the Abram Richards Property is indicative of a typical wooden house structure during the early 20th century. The classical details demonstrate the work of the builder and original owner, Abram Richards, who was an accomplished finish carpenter. There are several built-in interior furnishings originally purchased for the home that still remain there, such as the mantel and over mantel. They were constructed at the turn of the century by Henry William Winter who was a successful, self-taught furniture maker from nearby Clarke’s Beach. These pieces are significant in that they reveal a unique and ingenious style of furniture making specific to Winter’s work.

The Abram Richards Property has further aesthetic value due to its environmental setting. The surrounding property contains mature trees and plants native to the area and a small, wooden garden shed can be found at the rear of the property. The surrounding property is representative of a way of life where large, sprawling, residential landscapes were common. The viewscape over the ocean suggests a time when maritime living was paramount to a community’s existence.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Bareneed - Abram Richards Property – FPT 1423”

Character Defining Elements

All those elements that speak to the aesthetic value of the property, including;
-cubic, biscuit-box design;
-single hung 2/2 windows;
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-classical pilasters;
-rounded window sills;
-raincaps;
-property boundaries;
-garden shed;
-wide corner boards;
-water table;
-carved mouldings surrounding eave trim;
-front enclosed porch;
-fixed 4 pane windows with sidelights; and
-H. Wm. Winter mantelpiece and over mantel.

Location and History

Community Bareneed
Civic Address Dock Road
Construction 1912 - 1912
Builder
Abram Richards
Style 20th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Square