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Alexander and Jennie Templeman House Municipal Heritage Site

Alexander and Jennie Templeman House, Bonavista, NL
Alexander and Jennie Templeman House, Bonavista, NL
Alexander and Jennie Templeman House, Bonavista, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land

Description of Historic Place

Alexander and Jennie Templeman House is a wooden, two storey, small-scale Gothic Revival home located at 017 Temperance Street in Bonavista, NL. The municipal heritage designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Alexander and Jennie Templeman House has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Bonavista due to its aesthetic value.

Constructed around 1895, the Templeman House has aesthetic value as one of the best examples of a small-scale Gothic Revival building in Bonavista. Particularly, it exhibits twin peak dormer windows, which became common in the town'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 bargeboard in the front peaks and the extended chimney shaft, make this wooden house stand out.

Source: Town of Bonavista Town Council meeting minutes of 2006/08/14

Character Defining Elements

All those exterior elements related to the age and style of the house:

-twin peaked dormers;
-symmetrical front façade;
-steeply pitched gable roof;
-wooden shingles;
-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 with rear wooden door;
-and wooden front door with coloured glass and embossed insert.

Location and History

Community Bonavista
Municipality Town of Bonavista
Civic Address 017 Temperance Street
Construction (circa) 1895 - 1905
Edmond Templeman and Robert Ryder
Robert Ryder
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade
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