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William Ellis Saint House Municipal Heritage Site

William Ellis Saint House, Bonavista, NL
William Ellis Saint House, Bonavista, NL
William Ellis Saint House, Bonavista, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land

Description of Historic Place

William Ellis Saint House is a two-storey, wooden, steep gable roof house located at 031-035 Ryan’s Hill, Bonavista, NL. The municipal heritage designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

William Ellis Saint House has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Bonavista due to its aesthetic value.

Built in 1899, William Ellis Saint House has aesthetic value as it is a good example of vernacular residential architecture in Newfoundland of the period between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. There have been few alterations to the design of the building since its construction, so most style elements remain intact.

William Ellis Saint House has further aesthetic value due to its position on the cultural landscape of Bonavista. The house is located at a high elevation amid a rocky outcrop locally known as Ragged Rocks, in an historic area of town known as Canaille. Together with its two-storey height, this location makes William Ellis Saint House a highly visible building.

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

Character Defining Elements

All elements that define the building's period vernacular design, including:

-3 bay facade;
-2/2 double hung windows;
-wood post foundation;
-partially enclosed porch;
-steep gable roof;
-wood shingles;
-clapboard sheathing;

Additionally: the house’s siting, which makes it a highly visible building in the town’s cultural landscape.

Location and History

Community Bonavista
Municipality Town of Bonavista
Civic Address 031-035 Ryan's Hill
Construction 1899 - 1899
William Ellis Saint
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade
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