4 Taverner’s Path is a three-story, flat-roofed structure built in 1910 by the Reid Newfoundland Company. It is situated in Trinity, NL, near several other historic homes, churches, and institutional buildings. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
Registered Heritage Structure
4 Taverner’s Path was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2016 due to its historic and aesthetic value.
4 Taverner’s Path has historic value due to its association with the Reid Newfoundland Company, the firm responsible for construction of much of Newfoundland and Labrador’s railway infrastructure. The structure was built as a railway hotel, but did not assume this use and was sold shortly after construction when the rail line was not extended into Trinity as planned. It was owned for many years by Captain George Barbour, part of the rescue effort during the 1914 sealing disaster, who converted the structure into a duplex home. The structure went through a series of owners and uses since construction, but was used as a hotel or inn for much of its history.
4 Taverner’s Path has aesthetic value due to its size, style and location. Its large, rectangular massing and simple details set the structure apart from either merchants’ or workers’ homes in the area. Together with its paired front doors, these elements indicate clearly that the building is not a residence, but was built for an accommodation use. Its location in the heart of Trinity, near several other historic homes and business premises, contribute to its value as a centrally located, “downtown” hotel.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Trinity – Reid Newfoundland Company Hotel – FPT 104”
Character Defining Elements
All original features which relate to the age and style, including:
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-wooden cornerboards and trim;
-size, style, trim, and placement of wooden windows;
-size, style, trim, and placement of wooden doors;
-double doors on the front façade;
-location of building in Trinity near several other heritage structures, and;
-dimensions and orientation of building.
Location and History
Trinity, Trinity Bay
Town of Trinity
4 Tavernor's Path
1910 - 1910
Reid Newfoundland Company (railway)