The Byrne Building is a 3 storey brick building located at the corner of Water Street and Queen Street in St. John’s, NL. This 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
The Byrne Building has been designated a municipal heritage building by the City of St. John’s for its aesthetic value. The Byrne Building is aesthetically valuable as an example of a turn-of-the 20th century mercantile/residential building in downtown St. John’s. The first storey of this building was traditionally used for mercantile premises. The additional storeys were used as residential space, usually for the merchant’s family. 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 and a recessed doorway. The building also features large decorative dentils and keystone style window trim that is typical of a building built during this period. Furthermore, the brick construction of the Byrne Building is typical for downtown St. John’s buildings built after the fire of 1892.
Source: City of St. John’s Archives, unnumbered property file, St. John’s – Byrne Building
Character Defining Elements
All elements that define the building’s early 20th century commercial design including:
-large plate glass windows;
-original entrances (commercial entrances on Water Street, residential entrance on Queen Street);
-size, shape and placement of windows;
-keystone trim around window openings;
-“Byrne Building” inscription on main façade;
-size, dimensions and location of building.
Location and History
City of St. John's
362-366 Water Street
1898 - 1901
Rectangular Long Façade