Colonial Building

The Colonial Building was home to the Newfoundland and Labrador Legislative Assembly from 1850 until 1959. A gem of neoclassical architecture, the building’s grandeur is a testament to the optimism its builders felt about our future. Beautifully restored, this building is once again a gathering place for people to explore, contemplate, challenge, commemorate, and debate our story of governance.


90 Military Road
St. John’s, NL A1C 2E1

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Colonial Building

“The Colonial Building is on my way to my university so I’ve walked past it many times and I love watching it. Its soft light at night always reminds me of what Johann Joachim Winckelmann, a German art historian and archaeologist said, “edle Einfalt und stille Größe”, namely “noble simplicity and quiet grandeur”. It was at this building that Newfoundland entered into Confederation with Canada in 1949. My friend Robert Tilley, a Newfoundlander born one year before the Confederation, was peeking from behind one pillar of the Colonial Building in this photo.”

– Ting ting Chen, St. John’s, NL

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