Commissariat House to get grounds makeover

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The provincial government is hoping to spruce up the grounds of Commissariat House in St. John’s.

The Georgian building was constructed in 1818-20 and was the administrative centre for military infrastructure in St. John’s until 1870.

It operates as a provincial historic site from May to October, with some special events in December.

A new request for proposals calls for submissions of a landscape plan to beautify the outside space to make it more visible and useful.

According to the request, over the years, flowerbeds, pathways and courtyards have lost their definition.

Wood fencing was removed several years ago to increase the site’s visibility, but has made the site less defined from the street.

The document noted the buildings — there is also a replica carriage house — have several exits and entrances, which can be confusing.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation said there’s no pre-determined cost for the project.

Organizations: Department of Tourism

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