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Lockyer/Swyers House Municipal Heritage Site

Lockyer/Swyers House, Bonavista, NL
Lockyer/Swyers House, Bonavista, NL
Lockyer/Swyers House, Bonavista, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land

Description of Historic Place

Lockyer/Swyers House is a wooden, two-storey dwelling in Second Empire style with a mansard roof and bay windows located at 117 Coster Street in Bonavista, NL. The municipal heritage designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Lockyer/Swyers House has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Bonavista due to its aesthetic and historic values.

Lockyer/Swyers House has aesthetic value as it is a good example of Second Empire style housing, complete with unique exterior design details. It was constructed circa 1911 and is a valuable example of a house constructed by local master craftsman Ronald Strathie, who is noted as a builder of institutional structures. Lockyer/Swyers House serves as a testament to the creativity and architectural proficiency of the Strathie family.

Lockyer/Swyers House has historical value because of its association with the merchant class in outport Newfoundland, and in Bonavista in particular. The house was built by John Lockyer, who was employed as a manager by the merchant firm of James Ryan. It speaks to the wealth of this class during the early twentieth century and is evidence of the prosperity of the fishery in Bonavista during this time.

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

Character Defining Elements

All those elements that define the Second Empire/ Strathie style of architecture, including:
-mansard roof (including the placement of felt on the flat roof and wooden shingles on the vertical roofs);
-two-storey bay windows (including pediments, bargeboard, eave brackets, dentils, clapboard on the bias);
-number of storeys;
-narrow clapboard;
-corner boards;
-window style, size, trim and placement;
-size, style, trim and placement of exterior doors;
-placement and profile of chimneys;
-location of porch on left gable end, and;
-dimension, location and orientation of building.

Location and History

Community Bonavista
Municipality Town of Bonavista
Civic Address 117 Coster Street
Construction 1911 - 1911
Ronald Strathie
Style Second Empire
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade
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