Glynmill Inn Registered Heritage Structure
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
Registered Heritage Structure
Description of Historic Place
Built in 1923 and designed by Halifax architect Andrew Cobb, the Glynmill Inn is a four-and-one-half storey hotel built in the Tudor Revival style. Located atop a small hill overlooking the city, the Glynmill Inn is one of the most recognizable buildings in Corner Brook, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Glynmill Inn was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001 for its aesthetic, historic and cultural value.
The Glynmill Inn has aesthetic value because it is the finest example of the Tudor Revival style on the west coast and likely the entire province. The exterior exposed half-timbering is well preserved as is much of the interior decor that is reflective of the Arts and Crafts movement.
The Glynmill Inn is one of the most recognizable buildings in Corner Brook and interestingly, throughout the development of the city, it has retained its original context and location. The Inn sits atop a small hill and is surrounded by mature trees and flowers and overlooks a man-made pond (Glynmill Inn Pond), the mill and the city of Corner Brook.
The Glynmill has further aesthetic value for its association with Halifax architect Andrew Cobb. Cobb had a profound impact on the built environment of Corner Brook. Cobb designed the Glynmill Inn as well as many other structures, including approximately 175 houses in the Townsite area of Corner Brook. Cobb designed the Inn but it was built by the Armstrong-Whitworth Limited Company of England. Armstrong-Whitworth was the company that brought the paper industry to Corner Brook. This structure has withstood nearly a century of exposure and this is a testament to the quality of craftsmanship during this period.
The Glynmill Inn has historic value for its association with the development of Corner Brook as a mill town. The development of the mill in Corner Brook has drastically influenced the development of Corner Brook and the Glynmill Inn is evidence of this influence. Initially, the Glynmill Inn was built as living quarters for senior staff who were overseeing the construction of the pulp and paper mill in Corner Brook. The Glynmill Inn is named after Sir Glyn West - who was chairman of Armstrong-Whitworth during its construction. This name indicates the importance of the original pulp and paper mill in Corner Brook.
The Glynmill Inn has cultural value for the role it played in the growth of the community and its organizations. After becoming a hotel in 1925, the Glynmill Inn became an important cultural centre of activity in Corner Brook. Many clubs and societies including the Rotary Society and the Girl Guides initially had their meetings there, and many continue to do so today.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “ Corner Brook - Glynmill Inn - FPT 1691”
Character Defining Elements
All those features that are representative of the Tudor Revival style of architecture, including:
-half timber framing, decorative woodwork;
-stuccoed exterior on upper storeys;
-brick exterior on first storey;
-single hung 1/1 windows;
-all those interior features (exposed ceiling timbers, mantle pieces etc.) that are representative of the Arts and Crafts movement;
-name of building.
Location and History