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John and Ann Brinson House Registered Heritage Structure

John and Ann Brinson House, Carmanville South, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The John and Ann Brinson House, built in the late 1800s, is a two storey steep gable roof house located at the end of a tree-covered lane in Carmanville South, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The John and Ann Brinson House was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2002 because of its aesthetic and cultural value.

The John and Ann Brinson House has aesthetic value as it is an excellent regional example of vernacular design, noteworthy for its age. Built in the late 1800s, it is a representative example of the craftsmanship of outport builders, standing as a testament to the permanence of their construction techniques. While utilizing simple design elements which resulted in plain, neat symmetrical facades, such homes are impressive because of their quiet, refined simplicity.

The John and Ann Brinson House has cultural value as it evokes a certain sense of time and place. Carmanville, settled in the 1820s, was still a relatively young community when John Brinson constructed his home. It now stands as a physical and visual reminder of the formative days of the community.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Carmanville South - John and Ann Brinson House - FPT 1729”

Character Defining Elements

All those architectural elements which mark the property as an excellent regional example of vernacular design, including:
-steep gable roof with wooden roof shingles;
-return on eaves;
-number of storeys;
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-wooden corner boards and decorative detailing at top of corner boards;
-window size, style, trim and placement;
-size, style, trim and placement of exterior doors;
-form, scale and massing of linhay on back façade, and;
-dimension, location and orientation of building.

Location and History

Community Carmanville South
Construction (circa) 1880 - 1890
Builder
John Brinson
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade