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Bank of Montreal Registered Heritage Structure

Bank of Montreal, Corner Brook, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The Bank of Montreal building is a two-story Severe Classical style building with a flat roof, located on Barretts Road, Curling, Corner Brook, NL. After a fire levelled the original building in 1913, the current building was constructed to sit on the same spot as the old one. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Bank of Montreal was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001 because of its aesthetic and historic value.

The Bank of Montreal has aesthetic value as a rare and fine example of the Severe Classical style in Newfoundland. Built by Sydney Dumaresq, an architect from Halifax, the building was designed to be both fire-proof and burglar proof. To accomplish this Dumaresq used reinforced concrete to construct the exterior of the building and also the bank safes inside. In regards to decoration, this building is rather stream-lined and minimal, reflecting elements of classical architecture. A large cornice crowns the roof and symmetrical pilasters line each side of the building. Large, narrow windows surrounded by indented concrete mouldings are evenly placed along each facade of the building, adding visual height and grandeur to the structure.

The Bank of Montreal has historic value because it was the first branch of this bank to be located on the west coast of the Island. Within the community, the Bank of Montreal is valuable because it is one of the oldest non-residential buildings in Curling. Located in the centre of the Curling business district, this building was used by the community as both a bank and, in 1987, it became the location of the Athletic Association for Curling.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Corner Brook (Curling) - Bank of Montreal - FPT 1715”

Character Defining Elements

All elements that define the building's severe Classical design including:
-flat roof;
-window placement throughout building;
-door placement;
-cornice on roof line;
-design of indented window decoration;
-stone window sills;
-concrete retaining walls; and,
-size, dimensions and location of building.

Location and History

Community Corner Brook (Curling)
Municipality City of Corner Brook
Civic Address Barretts Road
Construction 1915 - 1915
Sydney Dumaresq
Style Classical Revival
Building Plan Square