7 Monkstown Road Municipal Heritage Building
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
7 Monkstown Road is a wooden, two-and-one-half storey, Second Empire house located in the city of St. John’s, in an area known as Georgestown. The Municipal Heritage designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
7 Monkstown Road has been designated by the City of St. John’s because it has aesthetic and historic values.
7 Monkstown Road is aesthetically valuable because this structure is an elaborate example of Second Empire (modified) architecture and differs from the more common Southcott Second Empire designs, which became typical in the area after the Great Fire of 1892. Decorative details of this style include the saw-tooth decorative work in the bonneted dormers, a single-storey bow window, decorative brackets, and the frieze with panels and roundel modified pilasters. The peaked Mansard roof and side portico contribute to the detail of this ornate home.
7 Monkstown Road has historic value because of its associations with John S. Currie, politician and journalist, who resided there from 1913 to ca. 1925, though the house is believed to have been built between 1854 and 1879. Mr. Currie was elected to the House of Assembly in 1913 as the member of the Burin District until 1920. During his time in government he helped to organize the Permanent Marine Disaster Fund. This fund was provided for dependants of any fisherman or seaman who was injured or killed in a marine disaster. In 1916, Mr. Currie became editor of the Daily News; a position he held until his death in 1956.
Source: City of St. John’s, Council Meeting held 2002/09/23
All those elements that embody the Second Empire design, including;
-narrow wooden clapboard;
-window openings and fenestration;
-covered verandah with decorative spindle work;
-original entrance door with transom and small shelf decoration;
-the decorative fascia;
-frieze with its panel and roundel motif;
-detailed saw-tooth designs on dormers and pilasters;
-two three-pot chimneys; and
-mansard roof with extended steep gable pitch.
Newfoundland and Labrador
City of St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador Urban and Rural Planning Act
City of St. John's Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
1 Springdale Street, St. John’s Newfoundland,
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