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Aubrey and Elizabeth Crowley Property Registered Heritage Structure

Aubrey and Elizabeth Crowley House, Ochre Pit Cove, NL
Aubrey and Elizabeth Crowley Property, Ochre Pit Cove, NL
Aubrey and Elizabeth Crowley Property, Ochre Pit Cove, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The Aubrey and Elizabeth Crowley Property, located on Wharf Road in Ochre Pit Cove, NL includes a two-storey biscuit box style house, a two-storey stable, a substantial root cellar and a large garage. The designation is confined to the property.

Heritage Value

The Aubrey and Elizabeth Crowley Property was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001 because of its aesthetic, historic and cultural value.

The Aubrey and Elizabeth Crowley Property has aesthetic value as it is an excellent example of an early 20th century outport dwelling, comprised of simple building forms and multiple outbuildings. Located on the edge of the water, this two-storey biscuit box style house has a low pitched roof and single hung rectangular windows. Designed using the typical Georgian hall-and-parlour plan, the house has four rooms on each level with a central hallway, which is reflected through the symmetry on the main façade. The associated outbuildings, including a stable, a sizable root cellar and a garage, all blend in with the style of the house in regards to exterior colour and detailing.

The Aubrey and Elizabeth Crowley Property has historic value in that it reflects a way of life that was once common place in Newfoundland outports. With its agricultural land and outbuildings, this property illustrates the broad settlement pattern of the north shore of Conception Bay in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - that of families who derived their living from the sea but also maintained substantial subsistence gardens and farm animals.

The Aubrey and Elizabeth Crowley Property has cultural value for the community of Ochre Pit Cove because it was once the home of John J. (Jack) Crowley, a well respected member of the community. As a schoolteacher and principal, returning officer, and commissioner of oaths and marriages, Jack was a trusted man to whom people turned to for help with tax returns and other official business.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Ochre Pit Cove - Aubrey and Elizabeth Crowley Property – FPT 1692”

Character Defining Elements

All original features which relate to the age and style of the property including:
- Biscuit box style
- Low-pitched gable roof
- Original windows and doors
- Symmetrical facade
- Hall-and-parlour floor plan
- All interior features reflecting the age and usage of the building
- All aspects of root cellar including its likeness to the other structures on the property, its size and location on the property.
- All aspects of the stable including its likeness to the other structures on the property, its size and location on the property.
- All aspects of the garage including its likeness to the other structures on the property, its size and location on the property.
- Fence surrounding property
- Location in respect to ocean

Location and History

Community Ochre Pit Cove
Civic Address Wharf Road
Construction (circa) 1910 - 1915
Style 20th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade