73 ROPER STREET
Adam Mouland House
NL Heritage Foundation designation: April 1995
Canadian Register November 19, 2007
The Adam Mouland house was built in 1913 in Mockbeggar, the oldest district of Bonavista. The house is a two-and-a-half-storeyed, steep, gabled-roof structure with an attached roof ladder. It is a fine example of the nineteenth and early twentieth-century architecture in the Bonavista area. The rain caps over the windows and doors are characteristic of the Bonavista architects’ attention to detail.
Historically, this property is important because it is representative of an era when the people of Bonavista relied heavily on the inshore fishery for survival. At the time when this house was constructed, it was common for residents to have a number of fishery-related outbuildings on their property. As the dependency on the fishery dwindled, so too did the number of outbuildings needed by the residents of Bonavista. The fish store located on the Adam Mouland property is significant because it serves as a visual reminder of a traditional homestead; a type that is disappearing from the Newfoundland landscape.
The house on this property is equally important because it is a good representation of the way in which outport builders in Bonavista interpreted the gable-roofed house style. The simple, yet decorative window and door trim reflect the builder’s expressive style and craftsmanship.
The Heritage Foundation designated the Adam Mouland House a Registered Heritage Structure in April 1995. The Adam Mouland Property is significant because of its historical and architectural values.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador unnumbered property file: Bonavista – Adam Mouland Property.