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Edward Humby Property Registered Heritage Structure

Edward Humby House, Summerville, NL
Edward Humby House, Summerville
Edward Humby House, Summerville

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The Edward Humby property consists of a two-storey wooden dwelling with a hipped roof and linhay and 2 one-storey wooden outbuildings located in Summerville, Bonavista Bay. The designation is confined to the property.

Heritage Value

The Edward Humby property has been designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador because it has architectural and historical value.

Architecturally, the Edward Humby Property is significant because it is a good example of a typical fisherman’s property common to rural Newfoundland in the mid 19th century. Built in 1846 by owner Edward Humby, this house is a traditional full studded two-storey dwelling with hipped roof and wood pillar/stone pile foundation, representative of the building styles and materials common to the region. Double hung 3/3 and 3/6 windows create a symmetrical front façade while minimal exterior decoration reflects its traditional usages. Two of the remaining outbuildings on the property – the fish shed and “grub” shed, are examples of the self-sufficient nature of the Humby family. Built using local materials, these outbuildings are uncomplicated in design and decoration, reflective of their utilitarian uses. The exterior clapboard of the outbuildings has been painted a red ochre colour, typical of outbuildings in Newfoundland. During the peak of the Humby family business, the Humby Premises included not only a house, but a barn, twine loft, wood shed and work stores, and also gardens for subsistence farming and animals.

Historically, the Edward Humby Property is important due to its associations with the Humby Family. This family, aside from being successful fisherman, were best known throughout Bonavista Bay for their superior knowledge of ship building. In addition to building ships for their own use in the Labrador fishery, the Humby’s regularly constructed ships for others including the prominent Bonavista family, the Ryan’s.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Summerville - Edward Humby Property – FPT 1672”

Character Defining Elements

All original features which relate to the age and style of the property including:
-hipped roof;
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-stone pile and wooden post foundation;
-symmetrical main facade;
-location and dimensions of 3/3 and 3/6 double hung windows; and
-unadorned exterior.

All original features which relate to the age and style of the outbuildings including:
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-dimensions and location;
-traditional paint colour;
-all elements that reflect the original intended use of buildings;

Location and History

Community Summerville
Civic Address Humby Road, Summerville East
Construction 1846 - 1846
Edward Humby
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Square