Harmsworth Hall Registered Heritage Structure
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
Registered Heritage Structure
Description of Historic Place
Harmsworth Hall is a large brick and wooden building located at 005 High Street, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Harmsworth Hall was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1998 due to its historic and aesthetic value.
Harmsworth Hall has historic value because of the associated firms and events directly related to it. It was constructed by the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company (AND) in 1929. The AND Company was one of the most important companies in Newfoundland in the early part of the twentieth century. It was largely responsible for the development of Grand Falls as a town with the creation of a pulp-and-paper mill. Before Grand Falls was officially incorporated in 1969, this hall was used by the community as a theatre, playhouse and meeting hall. After incorporation the AND company gave the building to the new municipality as a town hall.
Harmsworth Hall has aesthetic value because of its attractive façade and decorative brick work. Influenced by the neoclassical style, Harmsworth Hall has a symmetrical façade with large windows surrounded by keystone brickwork. The central roof is peaked, and large pilasters flank either side of the main doorway.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Grand Falls-Windsor - Harmsworth Hall – FPT 1545”
Character Defining Elements
All original features which relate to the age and design of the property including:
-large central peaked roof;
-decorative brick work including: pilasters, keystone decoration around windows and main door;
-large masonry balls on roof;
-roof trim moulding;
-decorative circular window on front gable end;
-wooden frame; and
-location in relation to High Street.
Location and History