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Western Bay Railway Station Registered Heritage Structure

Western Bay Railway Station, Western Bay, NL
Western Bay Railway Station, Western Bay, NL
Western Bay Railway Station, Western Bay, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The Western Bay Railway Station is a one-storey wooden building with a low-pitched hipped roof. Located in Western Bay, the designation is confined to the property.

Heritage Value

The Western Bay Railway Station has been designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador because of its historical and architectural values.

Historically, the Western Bay Railway Station is significant due to its associations with transportation in Newfoundland. Built by the Reid Newfoundland Company, this railway was just a section of the widely expanding railway in Newfoundland at the time. The development of the railway in this region resulted in the connection of the North Shore to the rest of Newfoundland. The building of the railway stimulated economic development in the region and provided many local residents with employment. Following the end of the railway, the railway station was used as a post office for the region. Though the railway is no longer in use, the railway station stands as a reminder to residents of Western Bay of the history surrounding the railway system in that area.

This building is architectural significant because it exemplifies the kind of railway station used through Newfoundland during the 100 years the railway operated in Newfoundland. The Western Bay Railway Station is a one-storey rectangular wooden building with a low pitched hipped roof. Large eaves extend out over the wooden porch, once acting as a weather guard for those waiting at the station. In addition to the roof , other traditional elements of this building that have been maintained over the years include the narrow wooden clapboard and window and door placement, reminiscent of traditional building styles of the early 20th century.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Western Bay - Western Bay Railway Station - FPT 1685"

Character Defining Elements

All original features which relate to the age and style of the building including:
- Low-pitched hipped roof;
- Wooden construction;
- Narrow wooden clapboard;
- Shape size and location of doors and windows;
- Large open/closed porch;
-Size, dimensions and orientation of building;
- All interior features that reflect the age, style and traditional usage of the building; and
- Use of traditional Reid Newfoundland Company colour scheme, yellow ochre paint with green trim.

Location and History

Community Western Bay
Construction 1914 - 1914
Builder
Newfoundland Railway
Style 20th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade