The Architectural Vernacular Of Newfoundland

Newfoundland, with its predominant resource based economies, has a rich cultural landscape rooted in tradition.

This is clearly evident in its architectural vernacular, where its buildings are often a cacophony of colour.

Constructed with simple honest materials, with minimal embellishment, Newfoundland's shelters - whether its the home of a townie or a bayman/woman - reflect the priority of surviving nature's harsh elements.

Here's some visually arresting examples, starting with the brightly painted homes in Jelly Bean Row in downtown St. Johns:





These fisherman's cottages in The Battery of St. John's are perched on the cliff at the entrance to the harbour.





I loved these residences in Petty Harbour, a coastal fishing village a short commute to St. Johns. Roof lines are either steeply pitched or more gentle, presumably to allow sufficient slope for drainage yet creating a minimal need for materials.






The fisherman's cottages in Quidi Vidi Village reflect the history of the area - along with the historic site called Mallard Cottage - an 18th century Irish Newfoundland building now housing an exquisite restaurant (last photo)






I traveled north to Burgoyne Cove and saw this classic centre hall dwelling. I loved its simplicity.





This video hints at the majesty of Newfoundland Labrador, while showcasing more of the vernacular of this compelling Atlantic province





For those who want to explore the architectural vernacular of the east coast, this destination marries architecture, culture and landscape in a riveting manner.


~ Written by Steve Fudge, purveyor of and

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