The Gypsy Tea Room is three storey brick Commercial Vernacular style building located at 195 Water Street, St. John’s, NL. This structure is part of the municipally designated block of buildings 187-205 Water Street and it is also located in the Water Street Federal Historic District. 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
This building has been designated for its aesthetic values. Aesthetic Value: The Gypsy Tea Room is aesthetically valuable as an example of a turn of the 20th century mercantile/office building in downtown St. John’s. The first storey of this building was traditionally used for mercantile premises. The additional storeys were used as office space, usually for the business below or was rented out to others. The use of the building as a commercial building is evident through the traditional store front that features large plate glass windows with fascia board. Furthermore, the brick construction of the The Gypsy Tea Room is typical for downtown St. John’s buildings built after the fire of 1892. This building like all the other in this block also feature some elements of classical revival such as pediments, pilasters, and arched forms.
Character Defining Elements
All elements of the Commercial Vernacular style eg: large plate glass windows with fascia board Size, shape, decoration and placement of windows Original entrance with freize and mouldings on the top and sides of the doorway Mouldings found on the first floor corners Pilasters on the sides of the third storey windows Arched keystone motif over the middle window of the third storey.
Fascia board under the first floor windows Mouldings found on the first floor corners Pilasters on the sides of the third storey windows Arched keystone motif over the middle window of the third storey.
Location and History
City of St. John's
195 Water Street
1892 - 1893