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John Quinton Limited Post Office Registered Heritage Structure

John Quinton Limited Post Office, Red Cliffe, NL
John Quinton Limited Post Office, Red Cliffe, NL
John Quinton Limited, Red Cliffe, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The John Quinton Post Office is a one-storey vernacular wooden building with a steeply pitched gable roof. Located in Red Cliffe, NL, the designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The John Quinton Post Office was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1994 because it has aesthetic value.

The John Quinton post office has aesthetic value as it is a good example of a nineteenth century outport post office. This small, unadorned building was constructed to serve a specific function within the community, its practical use taking precedence over the implementation of elaborate design elements.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Red Cliffe - John Quinton Limited - FPT 371, 372, 373, 374"

Character Defining Elements

All elements that define the building's simple vernacular design and function as a post office, including:
-number of storeys;
-steep gable roof;
-return on eaves;
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-wooden corner boards;
-window size, style, trim and placement;
-size, style, trim and placement of exterior doors;
-wood post foundation;
-remains of the post office mail slot on the landward gable end, and;
-dimension, location and orientation of building.

Location and History

Community Red Cliffe
Construction (circa) 1870 - 1880
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade