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Bishop Feild College

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1994/06/05

Exterior photo, main entrance, Bishop Feild College, St. John's, 2005.; Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador 2005
Bishop Feild College, St. John's.
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Construction Date(s)

1926/01/01 to 1928/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2002/02/02

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Bishop Feild College is a 2 storey brick and limestone building built in the Gothic Revival style. Commissioned by Bishop Edward Feild in 1928, the school is one of the early collegiate style buildings in St. John’s. This designation is restricted to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Bishop Feild College is designated as a Registered Heritage Structure due to its architectural and historic value:

Bishop Feild College is architecturally valuable because it presents one of the finest examples of the Collegiate Gothic style in Newfoundland. Designed to function as an English style school, the building also employs man traditional Collegiate Gothic elements. For example, the main entrance to the school is rusticated limestone with crenellation at the top and four plaques featuring the coats of arms of the school, the city, the province and the diocese. Other typical Gothic features include the slightly pointed arch of the main doorway and the decorative recesses that likely once held statues. The use of the Gothic style was typical for Church of England buildings commissioned under Bishop Edward Feild. This style was the architectural embodiment of Feild’s Tractarian practices and the “high-church” tone he wanted to create around the Anglican Church during this period.

Bishop Feild College is also architecturally valuable due to its association with Canadian architect Eustace G. Bird. Bird was born in Ontario and studied with Strickland and Symonds before going to England to study in 1892. Upon his return he designed a number of buildings across the country including Bishop Feild College as well as the Royal Bank in Toronto and the Transportation Building in Montreal.

Bishop Feild College is historically valuable as one of the early Collegiate schools in Newfoundland. Founded by Bishop Edward Feild in 1844, Bishop Feild College moved a number of times before settling in its current building in 1928. The College was founded in the year that Bishop Feild came to Newfoundland and at the beginning of a period of great Anglicanism in Newfoundland. Feild saw the need for high quality education for boys in Newfoundland and felt that the English Collegiate system was a good way to accomplish this level. Bishop Feild College was attending by boys of middle and upper class families in St. John’s and boys of upper class families in outport communities. Bishop Feild College remained an independent private school until the 1960s when it joined the school board and soon after it became Bishop Feild Elementary which it remains today. Bishop Feild College is also historically valuable for its associations with members of Newfoundland’s social, political and business worlds. The longstanding success of the school can be seen in some of its alumni which including Joey Smallwood, John Crosbie, two Lieutenant Governors, and 15 Rhodes Scholars among others.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador unnumbered property file- "St. John’s: Bishop Feild College."

Character-Defining Elements

All those elements that are representative of the Collegiate Gothic Revival style of architecture including:
- crenellation;
- rusticated stone.
-use of Indiana limestone;
-window placement;
-keystone trim around windows;
-limestone quoining at corners;
-plaques around entranceway representing the coats of arms of the city, the school, the diocese and the province;
-large windows in entranceway.



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Statute

Historic Resources Act

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Registered Heritage Structure

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Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being

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Composite School

Architect / Designer

Eustace G. Bird



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1 Springdale Street, St. John's, A1C 5V5

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