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J. B. Foote House Municipal Heritage Site

J. B. Foote House, Grand Bank, NL
J. B. Foote House, Grand Bank, NL
J. B. Foote House, Grand Bank, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land

Description of Historic Place

J.B. Foote House is a two-and-a-half-storey house constructed as a vernacular interpretation of the Queen Anne style of architecture. Built in 1908, it is located at 22 Church Street in Grand Bank, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

J.B. Foote House has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Grand Bank due to aesthetic and historical values.

J.B. Foote House has aesthetic value because it is a good vernacular example of the Queen Anne style of architecture. Designed as a family dwelling by John Forsey and Charlie Rose (who also designed the Thorndyke Hotel in Grand Bank) the house features a pyramid style hipped roof with two gable dormers, each with a chimney. It has a Palladian style front entrance, which is rare in Grand Bank, and has the original eaves, front porch and spindles. The house was designed to express the wealth and high status of the owners and the decorative details convey it well.

J. B. Foote House has further aesthetic value because it is situated on the highest point of land in Grand Bank and is highly visible. It was built in the most affluent neighbourhood of the community and is located in the “Grand Homes” area.

The J.B. Foote House has historic value because of its association with the Foote family. The Footes have a long connection with the Grand Bank area and their business has been in continual operation since 1850. They have been significantly involved in the fishery and have been crucial in the economic development of the community. The original owner, John B. Foote, was a merchant and captain and was the first Newfoundlander to receive insulin for diabetes. His brother, Sam, was the first Newfoundlander to graduate from Dalhousie Law School and he served several terms in the House of Assembly as a representative for Burin.

Source: Town of Grand Bank Regular Council Meeting Motion #2007-925, March 12, 2007.

Character Defining Elements

All those features that encompass the vernacular interpretation of the Queen Anne style of architecture, including:
- use of traditional materials;
- hipped roof with single front peak;
- placement, style and size of peaked, pedimented dormers;
- number of storeys and general massing;
- chimney style and placement;
- narrow wooden clapboard;
- corner boards and other defining trims;
- window size, style, trim and placement, including arched windows;
- bay windows;
- fanlights and transom lights;
- original style of exterior doors and their trims and placements;
- Georgian style sunburst over main door utilizing a keystone motif;
- Palladian-style front entrance;
- front porch placement, style and size;
- spindles on porch;
- eaves brackets and cornice mouldings;
- location of house in historic area of town; and
- overall dimensions and orientation on its original footprint.

Location and History

Community Grand Bank
Municipality Town of Grand Bank
Civic Address 022 Church Street
Construction 1908 - 1908
John Forsey, Charlie Rose
John Forsey, James Forsey
Style Queen Anne (Modified Shingle Style)
Building Plan Square
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