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J. B. Foote House Registered Heritage Structure

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

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

J.B. Foote house is a two-and-a-half storey, Queen Anne style house 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 was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1997 due to its aesthetic and historic value.

J.B. Foote House has aesthetic value because it is a beautiful example of Queen Anne style architecture. Designed as a family dwelling by John Forsey and Charlie Rose (who designed The Thorndyke Hotel in Grand Bank) this three storey house features a pyramid style roof with 2 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 due to its environmental setting. 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.

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: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Grand Bank - J.B. Foote House – FPT 532”

Character Defining Elements

All those features that encompass Queen Anne Style, including:
-Palladian-style front entrance;
-Original eaves, front porch, spindles;
-Hipped roof with single front peak;
-Bow windows;
-Fanlights and transom lights;
-Georgian style sunburst over door utilizing a keystone motif;
-Peaked, pedimented dormers; and
-Orientation, location and dimensions.

Notes of Interest

J.B. Foote was lost at sea on a return voyage from the United States with a shipment of insulin.

Location and History

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