Lord Nelson Loyal Orange Lodge LOL #149 Registered Heritage Structure
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
Registered Heritage Structure
Description of Historic Place
Lord Nelson Loyal Orange Lodge LOL #149 is a two storey, classical style fraternal lodge centrally located at 207 Main Road, Woody Point, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Lord Nelson Loyal Orange Lodge LOL #149 was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1998 because it has aesthetic and historic value.
Lord Nelson Loyal Orange Lodge LOL #149 has aesthetic value because it is a fine example of a vernacular interpretation of classical architecture in a fraternal lodge building. The building is a large, two storey structure with many large, arched windows. The simple plan has a gable roof and gable end entrance. A band of wooden panels separate the first floor from the second and the corner boards are decorated with narrow classical pilasters. Each single hung window is arched with an eared trim and keystone feature. Muntins in the upper storey windows add interest, and small rosettes are found on all window trim. The main entrance is set off by the arched, wooden panelled double doors. Directly above the doors on the second floor is the typical Orange Lodge archway, which reflects the identical size and shape of the surrounding windows. Within this keystone arch are some of the usual symbols of the Orange Order, including the crescent and the star - the meanings of which are privy only to members of the association. The building design is unique to the Northern Peninsula.
Lord Nelson Loyal Orange Lodge LOL #149 has further aesthetic value due to its landmark status. It sits on a hill overlooking Woody Point and is located in the middle of Gros Morne National Park, surrounded by the Tablelands and Gros Morne Mountain, with Woody Point Hills at the rear. The Lodge can be seen from anywhere in the community.
Lord Nelson Loyal Orange Lodge LOL #149 has historic value because it was constructed in 1908, making it one of the oldest buildings in the community.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Woody Point - Lord Nelson Loyal Orange Lodge LOL #149 – FPT 1689”
Character Defining Elements
All those exterior features that represent classical architecture, including:
-number of storeys;
-low pitch gable roof;
-pediment at gable end;
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-wooden corner boards with pilasters;
-size, style, trim and placement of wooden windows;
-arched, eared keystone window trim;
-size, style, trim and placement of exterior wooden doors;
-features symbolic of the Orange Order, including crescent shape, star shape and arches, and;
-dimension, location and orientation of building.
Notes of Interest
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Location and History