St. John’s

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St. John’s was named by John Cabot who sailed through The Narrows and into the harbour on June 24, 1497 which was St. John’s Day.


Location:  St. John’s is located in the eastern part of Newfoundland Island along the Atlantic Ocean.


Judicial District:  St. John’s Judicial District


Supreme Court Courthouse – St. John’s


Location:  309 Duckworth Street / McBrides Hill

Built:  1901 – 1904

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  William H Greene

Contractor:  Samuel Manners Brockfield


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a five story grey coloured granite structure. The building is located in the center of the city and is built into the side of the hill along the north side. Granite from Petites and winrock from Southside Hills were used in the construction. There is a large dark wood staircase on the fourth floor. The main courtroom is on the north side of the Duckworth Street level on the fourth floor. On the south Water Street side, there is a square stone clock tower on the southeast corner and a stone portico and steps entering the second floor level at the south entrance. The building was repaired in 1929 and 1955.


Note:  Other contractors during construction of the courthouse were W G Ellis ( granite fro ) , Howard Lumber Company, Mr. St. Claire ( clerk of the work ) and J H Jost ( superintendent of work ).


See:  The courthouse is one of two stone courthouses with the other courthouse located at Harbour Grace.


Provincial Court Courthouse – St. John’s


Location:  215 Water Street / Ayers Cove

Built:  1973 – 1975

Style:  Modern Commercial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a nine story brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located in the centre of the city.


See:  Located in the city is the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal




Supreme Court Courthouse










Photos taken 1997