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32 Queen's Road Registered Heritage Structure

32 Queen's Road, St. John's, NL
32 Queen's Road, St. John's, NL
32 Queen's Road, St. John's, NL
32 Queen's Road, St. John's, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

32 Queen’s Road is a semi-detached, two-and-a-half storey stone structure located at 32 Queen’s Road, St. John’s, NL. The designation encompasses the entire property.

Heritage Value

32 Queen’s Road has been designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador because is has aesthetic value.

32 Queen’s Road has aesthetic value because it is an interesting example of a mid-19th century masonry structure. Built prior to the Great Fire of 1892 this house survived the devastating tragedy that consumed much of St. John’s. The house was not unscathed, however, because while the exterior walls survived, the interior had to be rebuilt. Today, the house retains most of the original characteristics and is a testament to its excellent construction.

32 Queen’s Road is a fine example of the Queen Anne Revival style of architecture, with its asymmetrical facade and two-storey bay windows. The Scotch dormer at the top of the bay gives the whole structure the appearance of a tower. Because this house is one of a duplex the proportions are significantly smaller, and while a substantial front porch is usual for the style, this house has a small one, enclosing just the front door. Details on the porch are in keeping with the simply moulded window trim, and a transom and narrow side lights add an open feeling to the small space. The front facade is sheathed in brick, while the remaining sides are constructed of rough cut ashlar. The side and rear windows are enhanced by the brick trim surrounding them. Windows vary in size and shape yet, are proportional and in keeping with the style. The use of brick and stone in St. John’s is quite unusual in a residential property, yet this house fits into the neighbourhood quite fluidly. The property is enclosed by an original iron fence and sandstone steps with an iron railing lead to the front door.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “St. John's - 32 Queen's Road – FPT 1639”

Character Defining Elements

All those elements that encompass the Queen Anne Revival style of architecture, including:
-brick façade;
-stone construction;
-steeply pitched roof;
-Scotch dormer;
-2 storey bay windows;
-four over four windows;
-window openings, dimensions and use of traditional materials (wood);
-door openings and use of traditional materials (wood);
-traditional style wooden mouldings
-transom and side lights; and
-location, orientation and dimensions.

And those elements of the surrounding property:
-iron fence; and
-sandstone steps with an iron railing.

Location and History

Community St. John's
Municipality City of St. John's
Civic Address 032 Queen's Road
Construction (circa) 1854 - 1875
Style Queen Anne
Building Plan Rectangular Short Façade
Website Link http://32queens.com/