Landfall (Kent Cottage) Registered Heritage Structure
Brigus, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0A, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Landfall is a steeply pitched gable roof house situated on the rocks of the Brigus Battery at the mouth of Brigus Harbour. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Landfall is designated a registered heritage structure because it has historical, environmental and aesthetic values.
Landfall is historically significant because it is one of the oldest existing structures in Brigus. The house has received a few additions as it was owned and seasonally lived in by several people, most notably the artists Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) and Albert E. Harris (1900-1933).
American-born Rockwell Kent settled in Brigus in 1914 where he purchased Landmark and later named it Kent Cottage. While his love of adventure allowed him to travel and write extensively, he was artistically inspired by the landscape of Brigus and the cottage is featured in some of Kent’s paintings.
In 1915 English-born engineer and artist Albert Edward Harris purchased Landfall and in 1929, following his retirement, moved to Brigus to pursue his artistic interests. He is best known for his etchings and watercolours of scenes and landscapes of Conception Bay, Brigus and the cottage.
Landfall is also historically valuable because it was constructed in the Battery, named after a gun placement site during King George’s War from 1740-1748. It was also known as Freshwater as it was a main source of water for sealing fleets on their way to the ice floes.
Landfall is environmentally valuable because of its location within the community. Perched above the Atlantic Ocean on a rocky coastline it sits nestled among trees, where the surrounding landscape remains untouched and retains its primitive beauty. It occupies a dominant, scenic place opposite two churches and the beach in a community known for its picturesque charm and unique heritage.
Landfall has aesthetic value because it maintains the general shape and size of an early 19th century residence. Also, there remain examples of Kent's work on the interior in the form of small surface paintings on the walls and doors.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, unnumbered property designation file, Brigus - Landfall (Kent Cottage)
All elements that define the enviromental value of Landfall including:
-prominent location on coastline;
-wide-reaching open space;
-unimpeded view of Atlantic Ocean; and
-dimensions, orientation and location.
All those architectural elements that relate to the general size and shape of the early 19th century residence, including:
-rear addition; and
All interior surface paintings created by Rockwell Kent.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Historic Resources Act
Registered Heritage Structure
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Learning and the Arts
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1 Springdale Street, St. John's, NL
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