15 Portugal Cove Road is a 3 storey concrete Second Empire dwelling in St. John’s, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
City of St. John's Heritage Building, Structure, Land or Area
15 Portugal Cove Road has been designated a municipal heritage building by the City of St. John’s for its aesthetic value. 15 Portugal Cove Road is aesthetically valuable because it is one of the few concrete Second Empire buildings in St. John’s. This style is reflected in the Mansard roof, peaked dormer windows, and eaves bracketing. This house is sheathed in concrete brick and stands apart from all other houses in the neighborhood, which have wooden or vinyl exteriors. The industrial appearance is delicately balanced with Second Empire decorative elements such as the covered, open porch with spindles and dainty brackets. This house still has its original main entrance with sidelights and transom. The interrupted Mansard roof is centrally located and peaked dormers flank either side. Eaves brackets and moulded eaves also add to soften the look of this property.
Source: City of St. John’s Archives property file – 015 Portugal Cove Road
Character Defining Elements
All those elements that reflect the Second Empire style, including:
-interrupted mansard roof;
-covered, open porch with spindles and brackets;
-concrete brick construction;
-original entrance with sidelights and transom;
-all window openings and fenestrations; and
-building height, massing and orientation.
The mansard roof in the middle of the front facade is interrupted Covered/open porch with decorative spindels and bracketing
Location and History
City of St. John's
015 Portugal Cove Road
1920 - 1925
Rectangular Long Façade