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William Henry Pynn House Registered Heritage Structure

William Henry Pynn House, Quirpon

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The William Henry Pynn House is a timber framed, five bedroom house built in 1892 by the Pynn Family of Quirpon on the Great Northern Peninsula. This designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The William Henry Pynn House has been designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador due to its historic, architectural and cultural values:

Built in 1892, the William Henry Pynn House is the oldest building in Quirpon and likely in this area of the Great Northern Peninsula. Built by the Pynn family of Pynn Cove in Quirpon, this house is historically valuable for its association with the Pynn family and its important role in the community. The Pynn family was a prominent and fairly wealthy family that had immigrated from the West Country of England. This house is the second house built on this site by the Pynn family and this house was always known as a safe haven for wayfaring strangers and a shelter for the lighthouse keepers in a storm. The proximity of the house to the wharf also made it the place that visitors came to wait for their boat. Furthermore, the William Henry Pynn House was the site of the first post office and telephone in Quirpon. This is historically valuable as a representation of early communications in rural Newfoundland.

The William Henry Pynn House is architecturally valuable as a well-preserved example of 19th century vernacular architecture. The steeply gabled roof and window style are typical of this period. The simplicity of the design stands as a testament to the way of life during this period. There were many houses of this type built in Newfoundland during this period and the only distinctions are in size, not style. The Pynn family was considered wealthy and thus the William Henry Pynn House is larger than others of this style.

As the oldest house in the community of Quirpon, the William Henry Pynn House is an important landmark. The peak of the house was used as a landmark for fishermen to find their way in and out of the harbour. Furthermore, there is a flagpole behind the house which was used to signal ships into the harbour using different coloured flags.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Quirpon - William Henry Pynn House – FPT 1711”

Character Defining Elements

All those features that are reflective of the age, construction and vernacular design of the place, including:
-Wood construction;
-steep gabled roof;
-simple design and trimwork;
-window number, design, placement, and trimwork;
-building height, massing, dimensions and number of storeys, and
-location in the community.

Location and History

Community Quirpon
Construction 1892 - 1892
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade