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Goodland House Registered Heritage Structure

Goodland House, Harbour Grace, NL
Goodland House, Harbour Grace, NL
Goodland House (Harbour Grace, NL)

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

Located on Victoria Street in Harbour Grace, NL, the Goodland House is a wooden two storey house with a hip roof constructed circa 1850. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Goodland House was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1995 because of its aesthetic and cultural value.

The Goodland House has aesthetic value as it is a well preserved example of a house designed with a central chimney. The house was constructed for middle class tenants yet it presented a plain, neat facade, achieved through the use of symmetrical design elements. The entrance doors utilize some decorative features but these blend harmoniously with the overall exterior continuity.

The Goodland House has cultural value as it is representative of a particular time and place. At the time the house was constructed, Harbour Grace was witnessing a growth in its middle class as the merchant truck system was slowly evolving into a more modern economy. The standard of living of those involved in this new economy was also improving, a reality reflected in homes and other structures. The Goodland House survived major fires that destroyed other buildings in Harbour Grace and remains as a physical reminder of nineteenth century middle class standards.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Harbour Grace - Goodland House – FPT 1556”

Character Defining Elements

-centre four-flue chimney style and placement;
-stone wall foundation;
-number of storeys;
-hip roof;
-roof at rear demarcating two storey addition;
-wooden roof shingles;
-narrow clapboard;
-corner boards;
-window size, style, trim and placement;
-size, style, trim and placement of exterior doors;
-recessed entries on front and side exterior doors;
-transom windows above front and side exterior doors;
-entablature and pilastered frame on front entrance;
-raincap and heavy moulding on side entrance;
-location of porch on rear facade;
-dimension, location and orientation of building.

Location and History

Community Harbour Grace
Municipality Town of Harbour Grace
Civic Address Victoria Street
Significant 1850 - 1850
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Square