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377 Duckworth Street

St. John's, Terre-Neuve et Labrador, A1C, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1996/03/23

View of front facade of 377 Duckworth Street, St. John's, NL.; Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2005
377 Duckworth Street, St. John's
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Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction

1876/01/01 à 1880/01/01

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2005/02/07

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The building located at 377 Duckworth Street, St. John’s, is a brick, two-storey Second Empire style commercial structure with a convex roof. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Valeur patrimoniale

The building at 377 Duckworth Street has been designated a Registered Heritage Structure because of its architectural and historical values.

Architecturally, 377 Duckworth is significant because it is an excellent example of Second Empire style commercial architecture. Having retained much of it's charm, this building features the original picture windows, a recessed entranceway and multi-paned transom light, all typical of this type of architecture. The structure's convex mansard roof with pedimented dormers is probably one on its most interesting features. The exterior decoration on this building is typical of early 20th century commercial buildings. Original exterior details include pilasters, dentils, and mouldings, all expressing a high level of craftsmanship. Some of the original display cases and finished still exist on the inside of the building, reflecting its original commercial uses.

Historically, 377 Duckworth Street is significant because of the persons and businesses associated with it. The original owner was John Fox, a businessman and politician from Harbour Grace. Fox was one of the first members elected to the new House of Assembly after the colony was granted responsible government in 1855. After his death in 1876, the home passed on to John's two sons, Charles and James. James became a barrister in London and Charles became the governor's advocate for Southeast Asia. Charles was later appointed a judge in Burma's lower court. In 1906 the British government made him Burma's chief justice. In 1909, the building became the property of William A. Slattery who established a wholesale dry goods store. It operated out of the Duckworth Street location until it closed in 1977. The next major retail operation to move into the structure was Mary Jane's Specialty Foods in 1985. The specialty store lasted for approximately twelve years before closing operations.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, unnumbered property file, St. John's - 377 Duckworth Street

Éléments caractéristiques

All elements that define the building's Second Empire commercial building design including:
-original storefront layout;
-convex mansard roof with pedimented dormers;
-original window and door openings;
-all original windows including the storefront picture windows;
-original doors;
-original multi-paned transom above doorway;
-base panels;
-pilasters along storefront;
-original eaves bracketing;
-all other decorative features including mouldings and trim;
-overall dimensions and location of structure; and,
-all interior features such as shelving, cabinets, and interior finishes that are reflective of the age, style and usage of the building.



Terre-Neuve et Labrador

Autorité de reconnaissance

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Loi habilitante

Historic Resources Act

Type de reconnaissance

Structure patrimoniale inscrite au répertoire

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Exprimer la vie intellectuelle et culturelle
L'architecture et l'aménagement

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction



Commerce / Services commerciaux
Magasin ou commerce de vente au détail

Architecte / Concepteur




Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

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

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