- Betty Smith
- January 11, 2012 - 11:05
Congratulations from your proud parents !
- January 10, 2012 - 08:00
- January 10, 2012 - 09:12
Congratulations, Brent et al. I have often admired your building as I drive by. It really invites me in and certainly adds to St.John's Clean and Beautiful
- fact checker
- January 10, 2012 - 07:47
I notice the article says that this building was built in the "early 1800s". There are very few buildings in St. John's dating from that period, no more than a handful, and this building is almost certainly not one of them. The Great Fire of 1892 destroyed that entire part of the city, and before that, the Great Fire of 1846. I have attached a link below to a picture of Duckworth Street looking west, and it is clear that there were no buildings left standing on that part of Duckworth. I can imagine that the current building was built on the site of previous buildings, but the current one can date from no earlier than the 1890s, not the early 1800s. http://activerain.com/blogsview/1112420/i-am-st-john-s-newfoundland-after-the-great-fire-of-1892-look-at-me-now-
- January 11, 2012 - 08:29
hi Fact Checker, you are quite possibly right. the source we have on the early history of the building including the Synagogue was Robin McGrath's book Salt Fish and Shmattes, the Jewish history in Newfoundland. In the book, Ms. McGrath indicates that the building was one of very few to survive the great fire of 1892. In her book she describes the entrance to the synagogue as an archway that still exists in the back of our shop. That said, I've seen the same photographs you've shared and I agree, there sure doesn't look like there's much left standing. I've planned to contact Ms. McGrath to ask about her information source to see if we can get some clarification and your comment has inspired me to do that sooner rather than later. In our shop we have an information panel on the history of the building which is a living document and we invite visitors to add anything they can to our understanding of its heritage. Should you be in the neighbourhood some time, please drop by and have a look; I'd appreciate your input. Thanks for your comment.