006 Patrick Street, the Deanery, is a 3 storey Second Empire style dwelling located at the corner of Patrick Street and Deanery Avenue St. John’s, NL. The 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
006 Patrick Street, the Deanery has been designated a Municipal Heritage Structure for its aesthetic and historical values. 006 Patrick Street has aesthetic value because it is a fine example of the Second Empire style in the west end of St. John’s constructed before the Great Fire of 1892, after which this style of architecture became prevalent. The Deanery shares many features of the Second Empire style with its Mansard roof, one storey bow windows, and semicircular dormer windows. Inset panels set off the bow windows and side lights at the main entrance, which is found in the front central tower. Another feature of this tower is the tri-panel window with a classical pediment, located directly above the front door. Also above the front door is a heavy entablature with unique arch patterns, which soften the overall appearance of the main entrance. Many windows are slightly arched, and most have bracketed shelves over top of them. This building resembles the nearby St. Patrick’s Convent, which was built around the same time. 006 Patrick Street has historical value because of its associations with the development of the Roman Catholic Church in the west end of St. John’s. The Deanery is the rectory house for St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Parish and along with church, convent and school located on the same grounds it has played an important role of the development of the Catholic Church in the west end of downtown. The collection of Roman Catholic buildings in the area, including the Deanery, are a reminder of the intense desires of the community to provide religious facilities in thier neighborhood. The church associated with this deanery took nearly 20 years to construct, with much community effort and money. The deanery is a symbol of these great efforts. Source: City of St. John’s Archives, unnumbered property file, St. John’s – The Deanery
Character Defining Elements
All those elements that embody the building’s Second Empire design including: -Mansard roof; -one storey bow windows; -brackets; -semicircular dormer windows; -narrow wood clapboard; -size, shape, decoration and fenestration of windows; -central tower with Mansard roof; -original entrance in central tower; -heavy entablature with unique arch design; -sidelights; -pliasters; and -inset moulded panels.
Two storey tower on the front facade with masard roof, rounded dormer window, brackets, and shaped entablature trim over second storey window. Two, one storey bow windows with brackets, mansard roof and fascia board Pliasters at the corners of the building
Location and History
City of St. John's
006 Patrick Street
1884 - 1885