About the Southcott Awards
The Southcott Awards program was developed by the Newfoundland Historic Trust ("The Trust") in 1984 to recognize excellence in the preservation of the architectural heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador. The goal of the program is to commend those who have demonstrated excellence in building design, restoration and preservation.
But it goes beyond that - we want also to show what can be achieved and how it can be done. We want to show the real pleasure that can be created for the client and the community by first-rate work.
The quality of our architectural
heritage has come to be one of the defining aspects of Newfoundland
and Labrador. The Trust has been very much responsible for that
definition, but our award winners make that definition a
The Southcott Awards are named for one of the most important nineteenth century Newfoundland building firms: J. and J.T. Southcott. We know them today principally for the Second Empire designs of J.T.'s architect son, John. The characteristics of this style are concave, curved mansard roofs with hooded dormers in the mansard.
While the style started with the development of the Southcott properties at Park Place on Rennie's Mill Road in St. John's, they spread throughout the whole colony. Many examples of this style remain intact today. However, the Southcott Awards recognize and celebrate numerous architectural styles visible throughout the province.