The Magistrate’s house was constructed in the mid 1940’s for the arrival of Magistrate Garland Penny and his wife Elsie. Garland was born in the nearby community of English Harbour, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and Elsie was originally from Topsail, Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. Garland, a former school teacher, and Elsie were both active members of the community. Both participated in many church related functions and Elsie was heavily involved with the local Girl Guides. Garland also wrote many articles for the local paper. Many of these articles can be found at the Bonavista library. Magistrate Penny left Bonavista in 1957 and was replaced by Magistrate Brace at that time.
Civic Address: 133 Coster Street - view property map
Construction: circa. 1945
Rear and side facade before restoration, 2014.
Located on Coster Street, Bonavista's new municipal heritage district, the home is situated in and around an historically upper middle class neighborhood overlooking Bonavista Harbour pond. The Magistrate's house was constructed by the Government of Newfoundland to be used by anyone in the Magistrate post in the Bonavista area. The position of magistrate was a well respected and vital position in many communities and thus a home was built reflecting stature and prominence.
Currently clad in vinyl siding, with vinyl windows and trims the home will go through a significant exterior restoration. Once fully restored the home will see traditional clapboard and cedar shakes reinstated as well as six over one windows with wood trims.
The home is currently divided into affordable rental units and will continue serving this purpose for the foreseeable future.
Bonavista Living | P.O. Box 1509 | Bonavista, Newfoundland Canada | A0C 1B0 | Tel: 1.709.468.1848 | Fax: 1.709.468. 7860