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Trahey Property Registered Heritage Structure

Trahey Property, Conception Harbour, NL
Trahey Property, Conception Harbour, NL
Trahey Property, Conception Harbour, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The Trahey Property is a cluster of five 19th-20th century outbuildings, a single residence, a fence, a gate and a well, located on Pool Road, Conception Harbour, NL. The designation encompasses the entire property and all buildings on the site.

Heritage Value

The Trahey Property was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2003 due to its cultural and aesthetic value.

The Trahey Property has cultural value because it forms a collection of rare, intact structures used in the domestic economy of rural Newfoundland during the 19th-20th centuries. The buildings accommodated the agricultural and fishing activities typical of families in Conception Harbour until the mid-20th century. The structures exemplify the close functional relationship between the various domains associated with the rural Newfoundland economy of the 19th-20th centuries.

The Trahey Property has aesthetic value because of the variety and types of architecture used to construct the buildings. Built on the beach with post and beam construction the structures were made with hand-cut timbers and dowels. The stone and post foundations support the buildings and keep them above the salt tide. The two storey stable has a mid-pitch gable roof which is connected to a flat roofed workshop which, in turn, is connected to a steeply pitched gable roofed carriage house and twine loft. The nearby outhouse, root cellar and residence are unrelated in terms of architecture, but draw the property together within the boundaries of hand-crafted, traditional picket and longer fences.

The Trahey Property has further aesthetic value due to its environmental setting in the Pool area of Conception Harbour. Trahey Property has been the subject of much public notice in the form of various media, artwork and photography.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Conception Harbour - Trahey Property – FPT 1753”

Character Defining Elements

All those features which reflect the setting and simple vernacular design of the house and complete set of 19th-20th century outbuildings, including:
-use of traditional materials;
-wooden doors and simple trim;
-wooden windows and simple trim;
-narrow clapboard;
-felt and tar roofs;
-existing roof styles and pitches;
-building heights, massing, and dimensions;
-use of red ochre colour on the outbuildings;
-relationship to each other and proximity to the water; and,
-viewscape and visibility of the structures from the water.

Location and History

Community Conception Harbour
Municipality Town of Conception Harbour
Civic Address Pool Road
Construction 1900 - 1900
Joseph Trahey
Style 20th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Irregular