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John William Roberts House Registered Heritage Structure

John William Roberts House, Woody Point, NL
John William Roberts House, Woody Point, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

Located on the waterfront in Woody Point, NL, overlooking Bonne Bay, the John William Roberts House is a wooden, single front peak roofed house. Constructed in 1898, it is a good example of the style of housing employed by early settlers to the area. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

John William Roberts House was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2003 due to its historic and aesthetic value.

John William Roberts House has historic value because of its association with early settlers in the Bonne Bay area. The Roberts were among the first settlers in Woody Point. John William’s father John arrived in the community in 1849 with his wife Emma (Decker) and four children. Nine more children followed and many residents of present day Woody Point can trace their ancestry back to these pioneers. It has further historical value as it is one of the structures which was saved from the 1922 fire which destroyed much of the harbour front.

John William Roberts House has aesthetic value as it is a representative example of a type of house built by early settlers in the region. Many immigrants to Newfoundland and Labrador, regardless of the area or time of settlement, built small homes and employed simple design elements.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Woody Point - John William Roberts House – FPT 1853”

Character Defining Elements

All elements that define the simple vernacular design including:
-single front peak roof;
-number of storeys;
-return on eaves;
-wood shingle exterior sheathing;
-corner boards;
-window size, style, trim and placement;
-size, style, trim and placement of exterior doors;
-chimney size, style and placement;
-dimension, location and orientation of building.

Location and History

Community Woody Point
Municipality Town of Woody Point
Civic Address Water Street
Construction 1898 - 1898
Builder
John William Roberts
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade