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1906/01/01 to 1907/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Fog Alarm is integral to the Mississagi Strait Light Station at the south-western extremity of Manitoulin Island, where it faces the Mississagi Strait, six miles from the town of Meldrum Bay. The Fog Alarm building is a wood-frame, one-and-a-half-storey, gable-roofed structure with a smaller gable roofed wing. The generally symmetrical arrangement of windows and doors contribute to the vernacular appearance of the structure. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Fog Alarm is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Fog Alarm is associated with efforts to improve maritime safety by providing navigational aids at dangerous locations. The Fog Alarm was an important aid to maritime traffic using the Mississagi Strait, and its presence aided the development of lumbering and fishing industries on Manitoulin Island, Georgian Bay and the North Shore.
The Fog Alarm is valued for its good aesthetic design. Utilitarian in appearance, it exhibits the smooth, simplified and crisp appearance typical of many marine buildings. Pleasing proportions and simple massing are the principal features of the building. The variety of window types reflects functional requirements. Good craftsmanship and materials is evidenced in the simple trim details such as the decorative gable panels.
The Fog Alarm is compatible with the rugged maritime character of Manitoulin Island at the approaches to the St. Lawrence River system, and is well known to the shipping community. As well, the structure, because of its association with the lighttower and dwelling, is a well-known regional landmark that has been extensively promoted in Manitoulin Island tourist literature.
Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 93-057; Heritage Character Statement 93-057.
The character-defining elements of the Fog Alarm should be respected.
Its utilitarian, functional design and good quality materials and craftsmanship, for example:
- the building’s one-and-a-half-storey rectangular form and massing;
- the wood-frame construction and gable roof, with a cupola ridge ventilator, and the smaller gable roofed wing;
- the simple, traditional character of the building, the wood shingle siding and roofing, and the simple trim details such as the decorative gable panels;
- the main open volume that serves to house the fog alarm equipment, and the surviving interior materials and finishes;
- the generally symmetrical door and window arrangement;
- the multi-paned wood sash windows with their relatively heavy sashes and lighter muntins.
The manner in which the Fog Alarm is compatible with the present character of the maritime setting and is a familiar regional landmark as evidenced by:
- the picturesque qualities of its design and form, which complement the rugged island environment;
- the building’s association to the other buildings in its setting;
- the structure’s visibility to passing maritime traffic, to tourists visiting the light station, and its local high profile through its current role as a seasonal restaurant.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Navigational Aid or Lighthouse
Architect / Designer
Department of Marine and Fisheries
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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