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1884/01/01 to 1885/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
006 Patrick Street, the Deanery, is a 3 storey Second Empire style dwelling located at the corner of Patrick Street and Deanery Avenue St. John's, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
006 Patrick Street, the Deanery has been designated a Municipal Heritage Structure for its aesthetic and historical values.
006 Patrick Street has aesthetic value because it is a fine example of the Second Empire style in the west end of St. John's constructed before the Great Fire of 1892, after which this style of architecture became prevalent. The Deanery shares many features of the Second Empire style with its Mansard roof, one storey bow windows, and semicircular dormer windows. Inset panels set off the bow windows and side lights at the main entrance, which is found in the front central tower. Another feature of this tower is the tri-panel window with a classical pediment, located directly above the front door. Also above the front door is a heavy entablature with unique arch patterns, which soften the overall appearance of the main entrance. Many windows are slightly arched, and most have bracketed shelves over top of them. This building resembles the nearby St. Patrick's Convent, which was built around the same time.
006 Patrick Street has historical value because of its associations with the development of the Roman Catholic Church in the west end of St. John's. The Deanery is the rectory house for St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Parish and along with church, convent and school located on the same grounds it has played an important role of the development of the Catholic Church in the west end of downtown. The collection of Roman Catholic buildings in the area, including the Deanery, are a reminder of the intense desires of the community to provide religious facilities in thier neighborhood. The church associated with this deanery took nearly 20 years to construct, with much community effort and money. The deanery is a symbol of these great efforts.
Source: City of St. John's Archives, unnumbered property file, St. John's - The Deanery
All those elements that embody the building's Second Empire design including:
-one storey bow windows;
-semicircular dormer windows;
-narrow wood clapboard;
-size, shape, decoration and fenestration of windows;
-central tower with Mansard roof;
-original entrance in central tower;
-heavy entablature with unique arch design;
-inset moulded panels.
Newfoundland and Labrador
City of St. John's
City of St. John's Act
City of St. John's Heritage Building, Structure, Land or Area
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Religion, Ritual and Funeral
- Religious Facility or Place of Worship
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of St. John's Archives, 3rd Floor Railway Coastal Museum, 495 Water Street, P.O. Box 908, St. John's, NL A1C 5M2
Cross-Reference to Collection