Cable Avenue officially designated
Historic street in Bay Roberts now a municipal heritage district
The Town of Bay Roberts has officially designated Cable Avenue as a municipal heritage district, a distinction the town and the heritage advisory committee hopes will ensure its unique historic, aesthetic and cultural value will be preserved and protected for future generations.
The town council unanimously approved the designation during a recent meeting, with deputy mayor Philip Wood crediting Marilyn Dawe, who chair’s the advisory committee, for leading the effort. “ She did a fantastic job,” Wood stated. Wood noted that residents of the street were also “ very enthusiastic” about the designation, and eagerly took part in all the discussions.
There’s already talk about staging a celebration in 2013, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the street.
Cable Avenue has great significance in the history of the town, since the large, two-storey homes there were built in 1913 to accommodate those employed at the nearby Western Union Cable Station building.
The Cable Station has been designated a national historic site, and is a provincial registered historic structure. It was constructed by the Western Union Cable Company in 1913, and was restored by the Bay Roberts Heritage Society. It houses the Road to Yesterday Museum, the Christopher Pratt Art Gallery, the Bay Roberts Archives, and the Bay Roberts municipal offices and council chambers.
The town is planning some upgrades to the street, and there are discussions underway to amend the town’s planning and development regulations to ensure the street is protected and preserved.
According to the statement of significance presented to council, the staff duplexes on the upper portion of Cable Avenue were built in the Dutch Colonial Revival style, while some others are more vernacular in design and feature low-pitch gambrel roofs. Other design features which make the district unique include the setback sidewalks, curbs and the uniform setback and spacing of houses.
Cable Avenue is said to have “cultural value” as a representation of the economic and social influence Western Union Cable Company had in Bay Roberts.