Alexander and Jennie Templeman House Registered Heritage Structure
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
Registered Heritage Structure
Description of Historic Place
Alexander and Jennie Templeman House is a two storey, small-scale Gothic Revival home located at 17 Temperance Street in Bonavista, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Alexander and Jennie Templeman House was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1996 because of its aesthetic value.
Constructed around 1895 Alexander and Jennie Templeman House is one of the best examples of a small-scale Gothic Revival structure within the community, showing the early use of twin peak dormers that came to dominate Bonavista’s vernacular architecture by the 1920s. With its gabled roof and dormer windows the two storey structure is typical of a style found in the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Decorative details, such as the original bargeboard in the dormers and the extended chimney shaft, make this house stand out in the community.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Bonavista - Alexander and Jennie Templeman House - FPT 186”
Character Defining Elements
All those elements that relate to the architecture of the building, including:
-twin peaked dormers;
-3/2 bay facade;
-steeply pitched gable roof;
-eared window mouldings;
-prominent rain caps over windows and door;
-single hung 2/2 windows;
-bargeboard in dormers;
-gable end chimney with extended shaft;
-linhay (local terminology for an addition to the rear of a structure) with rear wooden door, and;
-wooden front door with coloured glass and embossed insert.
Location and History
||Town of Bonavista
||17 Temperance Street
||1895 - 1895
||19th Century Vernacular
||Rectangular Long Façade