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St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery Registered Heritage Structure

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery, Bonavista, NL
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery, Bonavista, NL
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery, Bonavista, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery is a two-story Carpenter's Gothic style cottage located at 5 Chapel Hill in Bonavista, Newfoundland. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1994 because of its aesthetic and cultural values.

Aesthetically, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery is a brilliant example of vernacular Victorian elaboration. Though the gable-ell plan is rare for the area, it reflects the craftsmanship and detailing common to all of Ronald Stratie's buildings in Bonavista. All of the original building materials of the house are largely intact both inside and out, adding aesthetic value. The house is also significant because it is a fine example of Ronald Strathie interpretation of the Victorian Carpenter's Gothic building style.

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery has historic value due to its association with the Strathie family. The Strathie family were well known builders in Bonavista. In addition to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery, Ronald Strathie was responsible for building other notable houses in the region.

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery has cultural value because of its associations with the Roman Catholic Church. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery was constructed for the Roman Catholic Church, giving them a place to house Rev. James Brown and all other priests following him. Religious figures of all denominations visiting from out of town would have also stayed in this house. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery was built on the church property, on a hill above the community making it a focal point in Bonavista. Decorative trim and an elaborate roof signified to the community the high social standing of those who lived in the house.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Bonavista - St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery – FPT 190”

Character Defining Elements

All original features which relate to Ronald Strathie's interpretation of the Victorian Carpenter's Gothic building style, including:
- Multi gabled roof;
- Steeply pitched gables and decorative roof edging:
- Finials of roof peaks ;
- Two-story bay windows;
- Decorative window on first floor, front facade;
- Curved windows on second story;
- Asymmetrical window placement and finials;
- All eaves brackets;
- Rain caps on windows;
- Narrow clapboard, and;
- Building height, number of storeys, dimensions and massing.

Location and History

Community Bonavista
Municipality Town of Bonavista
Civic Address 005 Chapel Hill
Construction 1901 - 1901
Architect
Ronald Strathie
Builder
Ronald Strathie
Style Victorian Eclectic
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade