Links and documents
1860/01/01 to 1861/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
016 Queen Street, the Cornerstone Theatre, is a two storey stone building located at the corners of Queen, George and Water Streets, St. John's, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
016 Queen Street, the Cornerstone Theatre, has been designated a Municipal Heritage Structure for its historical and aesthetic values.
016 Queen Street has historic value because it was built by the Fishermen's Society as a hall and exhibition centre for fisheries and agriculture produce, but it became a important venue for theatre, special performances and bazaars. It is the oldest surviving theatre in the city and the foundation meeting of the Star of the Sea Society was held in this building. In 1872, ownership of the hall was transfered to the Roman Catholic Diosese of St. John's and the building was decated as St. Peter's Church. The upper floor was used as a church for Catholics awaiting the completion of St. Patrick's Church and the ground floor held a school operated by the Sisters of Mercy. From 1903 - 1967 it was office and warehouse space for the firm Frank McNamara Limited.
016 Queen Street has aesthetic value because it is one of the few stone structures found in the downtown landscape, and reflects the religious venacular style in its steep gabled roof, elongated arched windows, and heavy morticed square cut stone.
Source: City of St. John's Archives, unnumbered property file, St. John's - Cornerstone Theatre
All elements that define the building's religious vernacular design, including:
-size, shape and placement of the local square cut stone;
-size, shape and placement of the red brick trim;
-size, shape, and placement of the windows;
-steep gabled pitch of the roof;
-location of the main entrance with its wooden double doors and fan window; and,
-size and dimensions of building.
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
- Exhibition Centre
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of St. John's Archive, Railway Coastal Museum, 3rd Floor, 495 Water Street, P.O. Box 908, St. John's, NL A1C 5M2
Cross-Reference to Collection