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St. Paul's Anglican School Registered Heritage Structure

St. Paul's Anglican School, Trinity, NL
St. Paul's Anglican School, Trinity, NL
St. Paul's Anglican School, Trinity, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

St. Paul’s Anglican School is a one storey wooden structure with a hipped roof and numerous peaked dormers featuring semi-circular windows. Located on Gun Hill in Trinity, NL, the designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

St. Paul’s Anglican School was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1987 because of its aesthetic and historic value.

St. Paul’s Anglican School has aesthetic value because it is a good example of a kind of schoolhouse built in outport Newfoundland in the early 20th century. This one storey building features a hipped roof and a series of unusual dormers, each with a semi-circular window. Typical of many Newfoundland schoolhouses, the building only had two rooms - a physical reminder of the multi-grade system that was once common in smaller communities. Large, multi-paned windows, narrow wooden clapboard and modest decorative elements are some of the building's exterior features.

St. Paul’s Anglican School has further aesthetic value due to its environmental setting. From its location on Gun Hill - the highest point in Trinity - the school can be viewed from all points in the community and contributes greatly to its built landscape. Also, the land on which this school now stands was once the location of the former courthouse - an important and historic location for the community of Trinity.

St. Paul’s Anglican School as historic value as it was the main educational institution in Trinity from 1910 to 1960. Before the introduction of a regional school system this school served the children of Trinity and surrounding areas.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Trinity - St. Paul's Anglican School – FPT 155”

Character Defining Elements

All those original features which relate to the outport vernacular style of the building including:
-hipped roof with dormers;
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-location and dimensions of windows including semi-circular and circular windows ;
-location, dimensions and materials of door;
-exterior decorative elements including brackets, mouldings, cornerboards and fanlight;
-size, dimensions and orientation of building;
-location within the community; and

All interior features which reflect the age, style, and usage of building.

Location and History

Community Trinity, Trinity Bay
Municipality Town of Trinity
Civic Address Court House Lane
Construction 1910 - 1910
Style 20th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade