Friday, October 21, 2016

Newfoundland architecture and historic structures

This is the former Bank of British North America. Built in 1849 in the Italianate style, Newfoundland's first bank is now part of the College of the North Atlantic.

St. John's Basilica, below left, was an enormous project built between 1841 and 1855. This Lombard Romanesque building stands on the hill overlooking the city and facing the Narrows. The original design was done by a German, but Irish architects from Dublin, Cork and Clonmel also had a hand in creating the church that would be the biggest in North America to date. 

Below right is the Cable Building in the town of Heart's Content. Now a museum, this was built in 1913 as the main relay for the transatlantic cable. 

Below: The iconic Cabot Tower was designed by William Howe Greene for placement at the narrow entrance to the snug harbour of St. John's and built in 1897 to commemorate the arrival of John Cabot 400 years before. In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal from Signal Hill, ushering in the age of radio. Cape Spear lighthouse was built in 1835 at the easternmost point of North America. 

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