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Louie A. Hall Nursing Station Registered Heritage Structure

Louie A. Hall Nursing Station, Forteau, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

Louie A. Hall Nursing Station is a one-and-a-half storey building with a mid-pitched gable roof. Built in 1946 in Forteau, NL, the property was used as a nursing station serving the south coast of Labrador. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Louie A. Hall was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1994 because of its historic, social, and aesthetic value.

Louie A. Hall Nursing Station has historic value because of its associations with healthcare in southern Labrador. Grenfell Association built the nursing station in 1946 to replace an older building that existed there. At the time of its construction, the station and its one nurse served the 2,500 people who lived along the Labrador Straits from Red Bay to L'Anse au Claire. With the nearest doctor at the Grenfell Mission in St. Anthony, the nurse often had to make life or death decisions on her own. The only way to get assistance from the Grenfell Mission was by radio or by taking a boat to St. Anthony.

Louie A. Hall Nursing Station has great social value within the community of Forteau and the surrounding region. Many people in the Labrador Straits have links to the nursing station. For many, it is where they were born; for others it may have meant a job and a desperately needed source of income during hard times along the coast. Often, when people ran out of food for their families, they went to the nursing station for assistance. It was also, of course, the place to go when they were sick or injured. For the people of Forteau, the Louie A. Hall Nursing Station is an important landmark in the community.

Louie A. Hall Nursing Station has aesthetic value because it is representative of the cottage hospitals and medical care facilities built throughout Newfoundland and Labrador in the mid 1900s. The one-and-a-half storey building has a mid-pitched gable roof, a common roofing style at that time for both houses and larger buildings. The majority of the original materials remain in the building, both inside and out, giving this building a sense of history. There are a number of windows throughout the building, allowing maximum natural light to enter each of the rooms during the day. In regards to decoration, there is minimal ornamentation on the building. The enclosed porch is slightly more decorative, with a pedimented roof and decorative windows surrounding the door.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Forteau - Louie A. Hall Nursing Station – FPT 1541”

Character Defining Elements

All original features which relate to the age and cottage hospital design of the building including:
-mid-pitched gable roof;
-return on roof;
-shed dormer;
-enclosed porch on front façade;
-pediment on porch;
-cornice board on porch;
-original windows;
-placement of windows;
-original doors;
-placement or doors;
-wooden shingles on exterior or building; and,
-all existing interior features which reflect the original usage of the building.

Location and History

Community Forteau
Municipality Town of Forteau
Significant 1946 - 1946
T. McNeil
Style 20th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Short Façade
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