7 Monkstown Road is a wooden, two-and-one-half storey, Second Empire house located in the city of St. John’s, in an area known as Georgestown. The Municipal Heritage designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
City of St. John's Heritage Building, Structure, Land or Area
7 Monkstown Road has been designated by the City of St. John’s because it has aesthetic and historic values. 7 Monkstown Road is aesthetically valuable because this structure is an elaborate example of Second Empire (modified) architecture and differs from the more common Southcott Second Empire designs, which became typical in the area after the Great Fire of 1892. Decorative details of this style include the saw-tooth decorative work in the bonneted dormers, a single-storey bow window, decorative brackets, and the frieze with panels and roundel modified pilasters. The peaked Mansard roof and side portico contribute to the detail of this ornate home. 7 Monkstown Road has historic value because of its associations with John S. Currie, politician and journalist, who resided there from 1913 to ca. 1925, though the house is believed to have been built Circa 1865 by Sir Hugh Hoyles, Prime Minister and later Chief Justice of Newfoundland. Mr. Currie was elected to the House of Assembly in 1913 as the member of the Burin District until 1920. During his time in government he helped to organize the Permanent Marine Disaster Fund. This fund was provided for dependants of any fisherman or seaman who was injured or killed in a marine disaster. In 1916, Mr. Currie became editor of the Daily News; a position he held until his death in 1956. Source: City of St. John’s, Council Meeting held 2002/09/23
Character Defining Elements
All those elements that embody the Second Empire design, including; -narrow wooden clapboard; -window openings and fenestration; -covered verandah with decorative spindle work; -original entrance door with transom and small shelf decoration; -the decorative fascia; -frieze with its panel and roundel motif; -detailed saw-tooth designs on dormers and pilasters; -returned eaves; -two three-pot chimneys; and -mansard roof with extended steep gable pitch.
Location and History
City of St. John's
007 Monkstown Road
1854 - 1879
Rectangular Long Façade