(3 Renouf Place, St. John's)

Known locally as Dunluce, this house was originally built as a summer home for an Irish watchmaker around the middle of the 19th century.

Dunluce, 3 Renouf Place, St. John's, NL
Dunluce, 3 Renouf Place, St. John's, NL
Dunluce has remained virtually unaltered since it was built in 1859.
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Alexander Whiteford, the watchmaker, bought the parcel of land that Dunluce now stands from the estate of farmer John McGrath. It was one of several country houses built on the outskirts of St. John's at that time. When the house was finally completed around 1859, Whiteford named the house Dunluce after a castle of the same name in County Antrim, Ireland.

The Whitefords used Dunluce as a summer home, and during that time they took care care of a small boy named James McNeilly. The Whitefords, along with the McNeillys and another family, the Rogersons, were the people primarily associated with the house up until 1948. The most famous may have been Isabella Whiteford Rogerson, a poetess of some fame in the St. John's area. In fact, several of her poems focused on the gardens around the home, which were famous locally for their beauty.

After 1948, Rex Renouf, a prominent local lawyer, historian and politician, bought the property and used it as a full-time residence for himself and his family. Over 20 years later, it was purchased by Renouf's daughter, Andrea Gillies who lived there with her husband, William.

Located at 3 Renouf Place, the house sits on a 2.5 acre plot of land filled with many old and beautiful trees. While the house was once located well outside the city, it is now firmly within its boundaries.

Dunluce is a one-and-a-half-storey modified wooden Cape Cod style home with a centre hall plan. The house's most notable feature is its dormer treatment. It has five-sided Scottish dormers, a style more common in Nova Scotia than in Newfoundland. The back of the house also has a tall classical window.

Dunluce was recognised as a Registered Heritage Structure in May 1993. The Newfoundland Historic Trust in 1996 awarded the owners the Southcott Award for its restoration.

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Also view Dunluce Registered Heritage Structure on the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador web site. The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site has on its site only a portion of the registered heritage structures in Newfoundland and Labrador. To view a complete list or search for a particular structure visit the Heritage Foundation's Property Search page.