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St. Andrew's Anglican Church Registered Heritage Structure

St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Brooklyn, NL
St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Brooklyn, NL
St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Brooklyn, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church is a Gothic Revival church with a steep pitched roof and corner tower. Built in 1879, it is located in Brooklyn, NL. The designation is confined to it footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1992 due to its aesthetic, spiritual and cultural value.

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church has aesthetic value because it is an excellent example of a wooden church in the Gothic Revival style. This picturesque church is entirely handcrafted and great care was given each decorative detail. The pristine exterior is set off by the Gothic windows and the bell tower with its soaring spire. Other Gothic features can be found in the elaborate interior details, particularly in the Queen Anne arches. Most notable is the fact that this building was constructed entirely of locally made products by local craftsmen. It was built entirely of timber harvested from the surrounding forest and engineered with a pit saw and is a testament to the importance the community placed on its construction.

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church has spiritual value because it represents life stages and the enrichment that worshippers gain by the presence of the church. St. Andrew’s was the mother church in the area, serving the surrounding communities. The first known service took place in November 1879. When a visiting clergyman arrived for a service local people raised the Union Jack on Goose Head to notify the neighbouring communities. Parishioners would flock to the service on foot over the ice floes in winter and by boat in summer. Today it remains a centre of Anglican worship in the region.

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church has cultural value because it is a physical embodiment of the tools, methods, craftsmanship and ideology of the late 19th century. A place of worship was very important to community members and all able-bodied parishioners contributed to its realization. The contributions of local artisans and the use of local building materials give this church uniquely personal features and it is a physical reminder of community spirit.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Brooklyn - St. Andrew's Anglican Church – FPT 388”

Character Defining Elements

All features that are representative of the Gothic Revival style of architecture, including:
-multi-gabled, steeply pitched roof;
-delicate gothic bargeboard on gable ends with finials;
-diamond window panes in gothic arch windows;
-square corner spire;
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-interior: all those features that represent Gothic revival;
-beaded wall boards;
-Queen Anne arches and open beams, and;
-dimensions, location and orientation of the building.

Location and History

Community Brooklyn
Construction 1867 - 1879
Caleb Marshall
Caleb and David Marshall
Style Gothic Revival
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade