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Davis House Registered Heritage Structure

Davis House, Freshwater, NL
Davis House, Freshwater, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The Davis House is a two-story house with a hipped roof. It is located in Clown’s Cove, Freshwater, NL. The designation is confined to the property.

Heritage Value

The Davis House was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1989 due to its aesthetic and cultural value.

The Davis House has aesthetic value because it has been unchanged from the time that it was built. The simplistic style of outport construction, in addition to the influence of outside building styles, can be seen in the Davis House. The roof style is common in the area and can be seen on other older houses in the region. The house style is clearly influenced by the Georgian style, having somewhat of a symmetrical façade, but it has not conformed to that style.

The Davis House has social value because it gives the community a sense of time and place. Being one of the oldest structures in Freshwater, the Davis House is a reminder to those in the region of a time when residents relied on the fishery for survival and, additionally, it gives a feeling of what the landscape may have looked like years ago. This house is also significant to the community of Freshwater because it had been the home for many generations of Davis’, a well known family in the community.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Freshwater - Davis House – FPT 1542”

Character Defining Elements

All original features which relate to the age and style of the home including:
- Hipped roof
- Narrow wooden clapboard
- 6/6 wooden windows
- Simple window and door trim
- Window sills
- Window and door placement on exterior
- Original doors
- Decorative raincap over main entrance
- Corner boards
- Chimney placement
- Unimpeded view of harbour
- All existing interior features that reflect the age and style of the building


Location and History

Community Freshwater, Conception Bay
Civic Address Clown’s Cove
Significant 1850 - 1850
Builder
Eli Davis
Style Georgian
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade