Southcott Awards handed out

Honours bestowed for restoration work on historic properties

Published on June 25, 2014

The Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust recognized Tuesday night the best of the best when it comes to restoring and preserving properties with its annual Southcott Awards.

Four properties were honoured for the work that went into restoring them — Evelyn’s Place in Herring Neck, the Hickey family homestead in Outer Cove, Anderson House on Signal Hill Road and Choices for Youth’s The Lilly property in St. John’s.

The other award winner was Aiden Duff of St. John’s. He received the Heritage Tradesperson Award during Tuesday’s ceremony, held at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s.

Evelyn’s Place is a large saltbox-style home dating back to the mid-to late-1800s. Located on Salt Harbour Island in Notre Dame Bay, it once housed the local minister at St. Mary’s Anglican Church and also doubled as a schoolhouse for a few years. The Old Salt Box Co., owned by Janet Denstedt and Richard Warton, has since converted it into a rental vacation home.

The Hickey homestead was built in 1900 to serve as the home of Joseph O’Brien, a local ship carpenter. Patrick Hickey purchased the house in 1916.

Over the next century, four generations of Hickeys would live there. It was featured in the publications ProPainter and Home & Cabin since undergoing significant restoration work and is now owned by Paul D. Hickey.

The Lilly provides independent living accommodations for 14 youths and programming space for literacy and employment services.

It was built in the late 1800s on Bond Street for A. Lilly & Co. Ltd. and used as a manufacturer’s warehouse.

Anderson House on Signal Hill Road in St. John’s received an award for building restoration and preservation. The two-and-a-half-storey home with a hipped roof was original built in 1804 and is one of the oldest buildings in Newfoundland and Labrador. Owned by Hubert Alacoque, the house is occupied by Development & Design Engineers Ltd., an engineering consulting company.

Duff has worked on many homes in the St. John’s metro area, including the Hickey property honoured Tuesday. For that house, he oversaw the full interior and exterior restoration work. Duff used traditional tools and methods to replace clapboard in compliance with heritage guidelines.

His handiwork can also be seen in the home’s trims, windowsills, baseboards, window boxes and doors.

The 30th annual Southcott Awards were supported by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Provincial Historic Sites, the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects, Grant Thornton LLP, Roebothan McKay Marshall, and Architecture49. 

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