Government House

HSMBC Plaque Location

St. John's, Newfoundland



Date Designated:  1982

Plaque Status: 

Reason for Designation

 Vice-regal residence, 1827-31


Other Info




 Government House


Built between 1827 and 1831 by the Royal Engineers for Sir Thomas Cochrane, this building was the official residence of the governor of Newfoundland until Confederation in 1949, when it became the residence of the lieutenant-governor.   Like other government buildings of the era, it is in the Palladian style, characterized by a symmetrical facade with matching wings, evenly spaced windows and a center hall plan.   Its austere apperance is created by its plain, massive stone construction, prominent corner quoins and window surronds, and large chimneys.    Government House retains much of its original furnishing.

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