Although this property is often locally referred to as the Doris White House, the home was originally built and owed by Doris White's father, Albert George Rolls (1878 – 1969). Albert built the home around the time of his first marriage to Tryphena Abbott in 1916. Tryphena passed away soon after their marriage and Albert remarried a widow by the name of Emily Owens nee Burton. Emily was first married to Sea Captain Richard Owens of St. John’s. Owens lost his life in World War I in 1917 when sailing from Gibraltar. Albert and Emily married in 1919 and lived in the home with their four children.
Albert built this steeped gabled home in the historic neighbourhood
Civic Address:8 Robbin's Lane
Front and side facade before restoration, 2014.
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of Canaille located on the corner of Tom Pauls Hill and the narrow
Robbin’s Lane. When threatened with demolition in the 1990`s the property was acquired by the Bonavista Historical Society. A cedar shake roof was reinstated to keep the home from further dilapidation. In 2014 Bonavista Living acquired the property.
The home retains its original clap board and framing. Once Bonavista Living fully restores the property several original features will be reinstated, such as two over two windows and storms with minimal window trim, as well as traditional spruce clapboard. Once completed this home will be sold as a private residence.
P.O. Box 1509
Bonavista, Newfoundland A0C 1B0
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