Thursday, 29 July 2010

The Rooms

The Rooms is home to Newfoundland and Labrador's Provincial Archives, Art Gallery and Museum.

It dominates the skyline of St John's. There was huge opposition from local historians when the building was first planned, as it was built on the site of Fort Townsend, one of the largest British fortifications in North America defending Britain's fishing interests during the 18th century.

The architecture and name refer to the simple gable-roofed sheds called "fishing rooms" where fish were cleaned and processed. These traditional wooden buildings lined the waterline in Newfoundland fishing villages.

There's a fantastic view over the harbour, and a marvellous restaurant with huge windows, where you can watch the shipping come and go while enjoying Atlantic salmon, Newfoundland crab, or cod cakes for lunch.

For more about our trip to Newfoundland, see the post below.


  1. This sounds like a fascinating place to visit. I would love to see this part of the world.
    Thanks for commenting on my blog.
    My son did the balancing rock and he usually does towers of at least 4. I guess its a matter of physics to get them to balance that way. 10 year old granddaughter can do it but I can't.

  2. Looks like you had another lovely visit to Newfoundland.
    I love your photos, and the colourful buildings.
    Glad you had a goood time.

  3. Hi again, ... Oh The Rooms ... I try to go every time I am in St. John's, in your second photograph, those huge gates ... well I used to walk past them everyday on my way to school when the Rooms were not there. My sister lives not far from there now ...
    And St. John's is a good place to leave a part of your heart.
    Very best wishes,

  4. I love that first picture where you can see all the colorful homes and structures...And I think it is so smart thatr they built this un the style of the existung architecture.....The View from those BIG BIG Windows must be pretty spectcular!

  5. I should hope there were protests - us Brits need those fishing rights. We don't have enough of our own fish! I mean it's not like we're an island surrounded by water or anything!

    Glad you had a good time!

  6. So colourful. I'm enjoying seeing Newfoundland through your eyes and your lens.

    My neighbour is from Hawke's Bay and just returned from a trip home with some salmon which he caught while there. It was delicious!

  7. Fabulous photos, Shammy--especially the first one. I love it!! Gonna have to get my carcass to Newfoundland to see it for myself. A person could spend a whole year painting that scene. What a colorful place!!

  8. It's such a delightful part of the world, Sham.

  9. I'd enjoy visiting. Some day! :)

  10. I love the first photo. I think the houses have some unusual architecture and design. It's unique and I think it also creates the identity of the city.

  11. I think the whole scene - the smaller sheds, and the large building - is quite lovely.


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