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St. Mark's Anglican Church Registered Heritage Structure

St. Mark's Anglican Church, Nippers Harbour, NL
St. Mark's Anglican Church, Nippers Harbour, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

St. Mark's Anglican Church is a one storey wooden church built in the Gothic Revival style of architecture. Located in Nippers Harbour, NL and built in 1845 during the episcopacy of Bishop Edward Feild, St. Mark's Anglican Church is one of many churches built during this period of great Newfoundland Anglicanism. This designation is restricted to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

St. Mark’s Anglican Church was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1988 due to its historic and aesthetic value.

St. Mark’s Anglican Church has historic value as an important early representation of Anglicanism in Newfoundland. Built in 1845, during the episcopacy of Bishop Edward Field this church is an important reflection of Bishop Feild’s work to expand the Anglican church in Newfoundland and Labrador. Bishop Feild had an important influence on religious, political and educational life of Newfoundland and Labrador during his episcopacy. The introduction of the Gothic Revival style was the architectural expression of Bishop Feild’s Tractarian views. A rural High Anglican Church, St. Mark’s Anglican Church represents the efforts at High Anglicanism of Bishop Field during his episcopacy.

St. Mark’s Anglican Church has aesthetic value as a very good example of the Gothic Revival style of architecture as employed in rural churches in Newfoundland during the 19th century. Built of wood, this church represents a simplified version of the Gothic style but maintains integral style elements such as pointed arch windows and doorways as well as the nave and chancel layout of the church.

St. Mark’s Anglican Church also has a number of unique architectural features that contribute to the overall aesthetic value of the building including a star shaped stained glass window at the rear of the church as well as a six sided conical roof on the bell tower. The interior of this church also has very interesting features including the barrel vaulted ceiling of the chancel and the nave.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Nippers Harbour - St. Mark's Anglican Church - FPT 1590"

Character Defining Elements

All those elements that are representative of the rural Newfoundland ecclesiatical interpretation of the Gothic Revival style of architecture including:
-pointed arch windows;
-barrel vaulted ceiling in nave;
-star shaped stained glass window;
-window style and position;
-wooden construction;
-bell tower with six sided pointed roof; and
-spire on bell tower.

Location and History

Community Nippers Harbour
Municipality Town of Nippers Harbour
Construction 1845 - 1845
Style Gothic Revival
Building Plan Rectangular Short Façade