Bay Roberts names first res­i­den­tial Mu­nic­i­pal Her­itage site

Caplin/My­ers prop­erty recog­nised for its rich her­itage

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - BY DENISE PIKE dpike@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A home in Bay Roberts has been des­ig­nated as the town’s first res­i­den­tial Mu­nic­i­pal Her­itage site.

The Calpin My­ers prop­erty, which con­sists of a two-storey wooden house and a one-storey wooden shop, re­ceived the of­fi­cial ti­tle dur­ing a town coun­cil meet­ing in Dec. 2009. Rec­om­men­da­tion for the ti­tle came from the Bay Roberts Her­itage Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.

Lo­cated on Wa­ter Street, the Calpin/My­ers house was con­structed in the mid to late 1800s while the shop was built in 1932.

“ The build­ing was rec­og­nized as a Her­itage Des­ig­na­tion site be­cause of its age and many unique fea­tures, it has a lot of char­ac­ter,” says Philip Wood, chair of the Bay Roberts Her­itage Ad­vi­sory Board. “ We’re re­ally proud to have this house named as our first res­i­den­tial mu­nic­i­pal her­itage site. In fact it’s a big mo­ment and a first step for mem­bers of the Her­itage Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee be­cause we’re hop­ing it will en­cour­age other home own­ers to con­sider al­low­ing their homes to be des­ig­nated as a her­itage site as well.”

Aes­thetic value

The town recog­nised the Calpin/My­ers prop­erty for its aes­thetic and his­toric value.

The prop­erty’s aes­thet­i­cal valu­able comes from it be­ing a good ex­am­ple of a mid to late nine­teenth cen­tury home and a mid twen­ti­eth cen­tury mer­can­tile premises. The house has a steep gable roof pierced by a low pitch roof, two­s­torey bay win­dows, cen­tral front door with stoop porch, and a lin­hay on the rear fa­cade. Other fea­tures in­clude nar­row wooden clap­board, wide cor­ner boards and wooden eaves troughs. The orig­i­nal house is be­lieved to have had a steep gable roof, which was mod­i­fied years ago. The shop, built in 1932, served as a gen­eral store un­til the 1960s. The build­ing fea­tures a false wooden front ris­ing above the roofline which makes it ap­pear taller. The shop is cov­ered with nar­row wooden clap­board and has a cen­tral dou- ble door topped with a tran­som win­dow. Two large dis­play win­dows and mock col­umns on the front cor­ners also add to its unique­ness.

His­tor­i­cal value

Some of the Calpin/My­ers prop­erty’s his­tor­i­cal value stems from its age. Lo­cal his­to­ri­ans be­lieve John Hurd built the house in the 1850s. The dwelling was moved to its present site on Wa­ter Street dur­ing the late 1800’s and pur­chased by Thomas Calpin. Thomas and his wife Caro­line lived on the prop­erty un­til 1916, when they moved in with their daugh­ter He­lena Calpin My­ers on Ca­ble Av­enue. When the cou­ple passed away, (1916) their daugh­ter He­lena bought the fam­ily home and re­mained there un­til she died in 1988 at the age of 98.

The shop was owned and op­er­ated by He­lena and Roy My­ers from 1932 un­til the early 1940s when Susie Wind­sor took over and opened a dry goods store. The busi­ness closed in the early 1960s.

De­scen­dants of Thomas Calpin cur­rently own the house.

An­chor in­ven­tor

The Calpin/ My­ers Prop­erty’s his­toric value also comes from its con­nec­tion with Thomas Calpin, a lo­cal black­smith and in­ven­tor of the Calpin Patent An­chor. Dur­ing the 1880s, Calpin started to pro­mote the an­chor he had de­signed, first by copy­ing it on the back of in­voices sent out by his busi­ness, and later through pro­mo­tional tours. In 1884 the an­chor was patented in Canada and two years later Calpin trav­elled to the United States and Canada to fur­ther pro­mote the an­chor. Ad­ver­tise­ments for the an­chor de­scribe it as “ be­ing com­pact and use­ful for fish­ing from the largest ship to the small­est dory. Just the thing for trap or trawl an­chors and, when on the bot­tom, can­not be swept or tripped by chains or ca­bles of other crafts, hav­ing no stock or top flukes to hitch. When in the boat it lays flat on the deck; noth­ing to hitch lines or sheets, or trip or stum­ble over. And last, but not least, a 56 pound an­chor has been proved to hold a greater strain than a hun­dred weight com­mon an­chor.”

Calpin’s an­chor was well re­ceived and copies were sent to Eng­land, how­ever lit­tle else is known of its suc­cess.

Wood, who is also the deputy mayor, feels the preser­va­tion of his- toric sites in the town is ex­tremely im­por­tant for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Main­tain­ing the his­tor­i­cal in­tegrity of our build­ings is just one way of show­ing we take pride in our town, says Wood. “ The Calpin/ My­ers house and shop is just one of the many beau­ti­ful homes in our town that’s full of his­tory. We ( her­itage com­mit­tee) want to make sure that his­tory and the his­tory of all the build­ings in our town will be there for oth­ers to en­joy for many years to come.

Photo cour­tesy of NFLD Her­itage Foun­da­tion

HER­ITAGE SITE - The Calpin/My­ers prop­erty, lo­cated on Wa­ter Street, Bay Roberts has been des­ig­nated as the towns’ first res­i­den­tial Mu­nic­i­pal Her­itage site.

Photo cour­tesy of Perry Bow­er­ing

HER­ITAGE PLAQUE - From left: Mary My­ers, Sylvia (My­ers) Grant and Der­rick My­ers, own­ers of the Calpin/ My­ers prop­erty in Bay Roberts re­ceives a plaque from An­drea O’Brien, Her­itage Foun­da­tion NL, nam­ing their home as the towns’ first res­i­den­tial Mu­nic­i­pal Her­itage site. Also on hand for the pre­sen­ta­tion was Philip Wood, Chair­man of the Bay Roberts Her­itage Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (right) and Eric Jer­rett Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee mem­ber.

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