Bay Roberts street to receive heritage designation

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Cable Avenue, Western Union Cable Building both celebrate 100th anniversary

A ceremony is set to be held today in Bay Roberts to honour a historic neighbourhood in the Conception Bay North community.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of both Cable Avenue and the Western Union Cable Building.

The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL) will formally recognize Cable Avenue as a registered heritage district Friday afternoon at the Road to Yesterday Museum, which is located in the cable building.

A plaque to honour the brick building as a registered heritage structure will also be unveiled during the event. Aside form the museum, the Western Union Cable Building holds the town’s municipal offices, the Christopher Pratt Gallery, and the Bay Roberts Archives. It was declared a national historic site in 2007.

The year Cable Avenue was built also coincided with the construction by the Western Union Telegraph Co. of staff housing along the street. The cable building served as a relay station for the company’s telegraph services from Europe to North America.

The heritage district designation applies to homes on the east and west sides of Cable Avenue, a house on the corner of Cable Avenue and Water Street, the Western Union Cable Building, and the grounds associated with those structures.

According to a news release issued earlier this week, the heritage designation requires the area in question to exhibit minimal modern intrusions.

In the case of Cable Avenue, it has set-back sidewalks, curbs, original streetlights and chestnut trees lining it.

Friday’s ceremony also coincides with the launch of a new exhibit at the museum called “Celebrating 100 Years of Cable Avenue.” It includes material collected during research for an oral history project about what it was like living on Cable Avenue for employees of the Western Union Telegraph Company.

The free event starts at 3:30 p.m.

Organizations: Western Union, HFNL, Yesterday Museum Bay Roberts Archives

Geographic location: Bay Roberts, Europe, North America.The Water Street

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