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Morgan House Registered Heritage Structure

Morgan House, Seal Cove, CBS, NL
Morgan House, Seal Cove, CBS, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

Morgan House is a one-and-a-half storey house with a steeply-pitched gable roof. Built in 1840, it is located in Seal Cove, Conception Bay South, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the house and an associated outbuilding.

Heritage Value

Morgan House was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2000 because of its aesthetic and historic value.

Aesthetically, this small, sharp-peaked gable roofed house is a good surviving example of a mid-nineteenth century house type, and one of the few remaining examples of this type in the region. The house is a fine example of the type of dwellings built by fisherman and farmers in Newfoundland during the 1800s. It was constructed in the 1840s for Henry Morgan, by himself and his brothers Abraham and John, in the nearby community of Bareneed. On July 19th, 1888 the three brothers received a Crown Grant of land in Seal Cove, Conception Bay South, and the house was dragged across the ice to Seal Cove. Henry Morgan occupied the northeastern portion of the land, with Abraham and John sharing the southern portion. The overall decoration on the house is quite simple and the front facade is symmetrical - reflective of outport building styles in the 1800s.

Morgan House has historic value because of its associations with Henry Morgan, a well known citizen of Seal Cove. He contributed greatly to the community and was well-known for his farming activities. While living on the property, Henry grew vegetables and berries and raised horses, cows, sheep, pigs and turkeys. Many generations of his family occupied the home over the years and it is well-known in the community as “The Morgan House.”

Morgan House has further historic value as it is representative of a way of life once common in the region. Conception Bay South was once a major farming area, supplying much meat, milk and vegetables to the city of St. John’s. While farming is still an important part of the economy of the town, it is not as common an enterprise as it once was.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Conception Bay South (Seal Cove) - Morgan House – FPT 1527”

Character Defining Elements

All original features which relate to the age, simplicity and vernacular design of the home including:
- number of storeys;
- steeply pitched gable roof;
- dimension and location of porch on left gable end;
- narrow wooden clapboard;
- wooden corner boards;
- size, style, trim and placement of wooden windows;
- size, style, trim and placement of exterior wooden doors;
- shed dormer placement, size and style;
- dormer window size and style;
- simplicity of exterior decoration and detail, and;
- dimension, location and orientation of building.

Location and History

Community Conception Bay South (Seal Cove)
Municipality Town of Conception Bay South
Civic Address 035-041 Indian Pond Drive, Seal Cove
Construction 1870 - 1870
Builder
Henry Morgan
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade