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Fogo United Church Registered Heritage Structure

Fogo United Church, Fogo, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

Fogo United Church is a small, wooden Gothic-Revival church located at 52 Main Street, Fogo, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Fogo United Church was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1997 due to its historic and aesthetic value.

Fogo United Church has historic value because it was constructed in 1877 after the Great Fire of Fogo that levelled the town. It is symbolic of the reconstruction era and shows the community support and efforts that led to its reconstruction. Begun as a Methodist church, the small Fogo Methodist congregation numbered approximately 140 people to rebuild their church. The building has been used for Sunday worship, Christian education and church meetings since its construction and it is representative of the importance the community gave religious institutions.

Fogo United Church has aesthetic value because it is a good example of Gothic Revival outport interpretation. The steeply pitched gable roofs are decorated with softly curved bargeboard and the peak of each gable has an ornate finial. Each Gothic arch window has curved muntins and stained glass. The torus moulding over the front door adds strength and decoration above a small arched transom window. The louvered bell tower is capped with a steep turret and finial. The interior details are examples of local craftsmanship and interpretation while the church as a whole represents the importance of the structure within the community.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Fogo - Fogo United Church - FPT 1848”

Character Defining Elements

All those exterior architectural features that are representative of the Gothic Revival style including;
-arched, stained glass windows;
-bargeboard and finials;
-bell tower;
-narrow wooden clapboard, and;
-location, orientation and dimensions of the building.

Location and History

Community Fogo
Municipality Town of Fogo Island
Civic Address 052 Main Street
Significant 1877 - 1877
Fogo Mission Congregation
Style Gothic Revival
Building Plan Rectangular Short Façade
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