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Winter Home Registered Heritage Structure

Winter Home, Clarke's Beach, NL
Winter Home, Clarke's Beach, NL
Winter Home, Clarke's Beach, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

Winter Home is a two storey wooden house with a shop attached. Located in Clarke’s Beach, NL, the house was designed and built by famous turn of the century furniture maker Henry William Winter in 1919. This designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Winter Home was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1995 due to its historic and aesthetic value.

Winter Home has historic value due to its longstanding association with the Winter family of Clarke’s Beach. In particular, the association with Henry William Winter is important. Winter was one of the most prominent and revered outport furniture makers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Self taught, Winter used mainly primitive hand tools and some simple machines that were powered by foot or dog. Furthermore, Winter Home has historic value because a general store existed in the attached shop until the 1950s.

Winter Home has aesthetic value for its association with Henry William Winter. The building was designed and constructed by Henry William Winter, a noted furniture maker of his time. The exterior of this house is a direct monument to his craft. There are a number of decorative details created by Winter himself that characterize the house as the work of a craftsman. The creative details on the exterior of the house are a testament to the craft of Henry William Winter. The interior of the house also features built in decorative work by Winter such as a newell post and banister, a mantelpiece and a ceiling rosette.

The shop attached to the house also has aesthetic value as an example of a traditional store front with a transom window over the main door and two large store windows.

As the only beachfront property in the town of Clarke’s Beach, Winter Home is considered one of the most distinctive features of the town. As this building is quite large in comparison to the others surrounding, it is a landmark for both residents and visitors to the community.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Clarke’s Beach - Winter Home – FPT 1515”

Character Defining Elements

-hand hewn cedar shingles;
-single hung 1/1 windows;
-2 bay facade;
-dimensions, height and massing of building including store;
-main door in centre of first floor bay;
-all immovable interior features (mantelpiece, banister, etc.) designed and built by Henry William Winter;
-eaves brackets;
-decorative mouldings around windows;
-3 central large decorative eaves brackets on front façade, and;
-location of building within the community, close to the street.

Location and History

Community Clarke's Beach
Municipality Town of Clarke's Beach
Civic Address Main Highway
Significant 1918 - 1919
Henry William Winter
Style 20th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Short Façade