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Cluett House Registered Heritage Structure

Cluett House, Belleoram, NL
Cluett House, Belleoram, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

Cluett House is a two-story house with a steeply pitched gable roof on School Lane in Belleoram, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Cluett House was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1992 because of its historic and aesthetic value.

Cluett House has historic value because of its place in the community and the people associated with it. This house was one of the first houses built in Belleoram and currently it is one of the oldest standing buildings in Fortune Bay. John Cluett Sr. is historically important to the community because he was one of the earliest planters in Belleoram. He was a successful merchant, and he also built a number of other structures in the town including the church and a school.

Cluett House has aesthetic value as it is a good example of the early sharply gabled houses typical of the period in Fortune Bay. The builder of the home, John Cluett Sr., was influenced by the building styles in his homeland, England, and this influence can be seen in features such as the linhay on the back of the house.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Belleoram - Cluett House - FPT 1430”

Character Defining Elements

All original architectural features which are representative of the building's period of construction:

- Steeply pitched gable roof
- Original window and door placement along from facade and gable ends
- Original windows and doors throughout
- Wooden shingles
- Narrow clapboard
- Roof covering
- Linhay at back of house
- Existing original interior features

Location and History

Community Belleoram
Municipality Town of Belleoram
Civic Address School Lane
Construction (circa) 1844 - 1844
John Cluett Sr.
John Cluett Sr.
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade