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Fowler House Registered Heritage Structure

Fowler House, Brigus, NL
Fowler House, Brigus, NL
Fowler House, Brigus, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The Fowler House is a three-storey Second Empire style house complete with a twine loft and attached store on North Street in Brigus, NL. The designation is confined to the property.

Heritage Value

The Fowler House was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1988 because of its aesthetic and historic values.

The Fowler House has aesthetic value as it is a good example of how people in Brigus adapted their building styles to fit the rugged landscape. In attempts to free up as much arable land as possible, this house was built so that the back wall and stairs in the house fit directly on top of the ragged edges of the cliff. On the interior of the house the intruding cliff is disguised by a number of stairs. Simple mouldings around the doors and windows and a more decorative roof are reflective of William A.Green's building style. The adjoining store and twine loft have architectural value because it is an intact structure, complete with the original multi-paned window and roller doorstep, features rarely seen nowadays.

The Fowler House has historic value because of its place in the community and the people associated with it. The Fowler House was built for Master Mariner Garland and his wife, who operated a candy shop out of the attached portion. The house was sold to another prominent man in Brigus, George Smith. Smith, who was thought to be one of the most important businessmen in Brigus, was part of the Joe G. Smith mercantile firm. This firm was important to Brigus because it employed hundreds of people from around the community and also contributed greatly to the fishing industry. The firm's collapse in 1877 was a considerable blow to the people and economy in Brigus. In addition to working with the firm, Smith also ran a millenary store out of the attached portion of the house.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Brigus - Fowler House – FPT 1439”

Character Defining Elements

All original features which relate to the age and style of the property including:
-Mansard roof;
-narrow wood clapboard;
-symmetrical facade;
-original wooden, multipaned, six over one and two over two windows;
-wide wooden window mouldings with prominent raincaps
-wide corner boards;
-shed roofed twine loft including wooden panel doors and roller doorstep;
-large, wooden multi-paned storefront window on attached store;
-decorative eaves trim;
-decorative lintel over main door with brackets;
-original wooden doors, including traditional wooden storm doors;
-original window and door placements, their sizes, shapes, openings and locations, and;
-stairways on both interior and exterior.

Location and History

Community Brigus
Municipality Town of Brigus
Civic Address 7-9 Harbour Drive
Construction 1850 - 1850
Architect
William A. Greene
Style Second Empire
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade