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“Various types of architecture” is the name of this photograph. The city of St. John’s is one of the oldest in North America and has some interesting building. Unfortunately the city was completely destroyed by fire twice and many unique structures were totally annihilated. However despite these shattering losses, this city was rebuilt. The Rooms, on the upper left hand corner, is the newest structure. Soaring into the skyline of historic St. John’s, The Rooms combines twenty-first century technology with a striking visual reference to our past. Its unique design mirrors the “fishing rooms” where families came together to process their catch. Our new “rooms” are also places to gather.
The Rooms site itself is of deep historical significance. Almost 250 years before The Rooms rose on the landscape, this was the site of Fort Townshend. The great star-shaped citadel, one of the largest British fortifications in North America at the time, was built to defend Britain’s fishing interests. With the withdrawal of the imperial garrison in 1870, the site became the home of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and, later, the St. John’s Fire Department.
On the upper left this is BASILICA OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, with its twin 43-metre-high towers and location on the high hill on the northern side of the harbor, the Basilica has long been the dominant feature of the St. John's skyline. Begun in 1841 and completed in 1850, the Military Road structure was consecrated as a cathedral in 1855 one of the oldest structures, completed in 1850.
The ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST was designed by the great English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is regarded as one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical Gothic Revival in North America. The cornerstone was laid in 1843.
These are only a few of the many wonderful sites that are too numerous to mention.
Visit our web site for more information: http://www.stjohns.ca/visitors/index.jsp
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Additional Photos by Jim Costello (bullybeef53) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 406 N: 585] (3365)
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