Prebble House is a two-and-one-half storey wooden Queen Anne style house located at 027 Water Street in the community of Woody Point, NL. The designation includes the building and surrounding property as described by the boundaries.
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land
Prebble House has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Woody Point due to its aesthetic and historic value.
Prebble House has aesthetic value because it is a beautiful outport example of a home influenced by the Queen Anne style of architecture. Located on the waterfront in Woody Point this house stands as one of only two such styled buildings in the community. Prebble House has a hipped roof with a front façade pediment, a second storey bay window, a small Palladian shaped window and a large sun porch. Prebble House is decorated with details such as dentils, and a belt course which divides the first story from the second. The multi-paned windows and the window mouldings add interest, as do the eaves mouldings and the somewhat irregular window fenestration. This house is constructed in wood and is faced in narrow wooden clapboard and there are two chimneys which extend above the ridge of the house.
Prebble House has historic value for several reasons. This house was built by Michael Dwyer following the 1922 fire that devastated much of the waterfront in Woody Point. Dwyer also built the Victorian Manor and a house for the Taylor family in Curzon Village, though both no longer stand. Dwyer worked with local carpenter, Gordon Crocker, who created much of the ornate woodwork inside Prebble House.
Prebble House has further historic value because of its association with William Prebble, the merchant for whom the house was built. A philanthropist, Prebble donated the land on which the Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital in Norris Point was built in 1939. Mr. Prebble was the teasurer of the Hospital Board and people from the Bonne Bay area came to this house to pay their hospital fees.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador file number 1802 – Woody Point.
Character Defining Elements
All those elements reflective of the Queen Anne style of architecture, including:
-front façade pediment;
-chimneys which extend above the ridge;
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-size, shape and fenestration of the windows;
-size, shape and placement of all original doors;
-multi-paned triangular window in the pediment;
-decorative elements such as the dentils, belt course, drops and mouldings, and;
-orientation, location and dimensions.
Location and History
Town of Woody Point
027 Water Street
1922 - 1922
Gordon Crocker, Michael Dwyer