Thursday, September 24, 2015

Jellybean House, St John's, Newfoundland, September 2015

And so on to St John's, the capital city of Newfoundland. There are only a little over 500,000 residents in the province and more than 200,000 of those are in St John's. It is a very old city, going back nearly 500 years. There were many fires but a particularly bad fire in 1892 -- the Great Fire. As a result, many houses were put up quickly in the couple of years after the fire. In the 1970s, Most were in the Second Empire style. In the 1970s, the local preservation society, the Heritage Foundation, started buying some of these houses, that had become very rundown. They restored them and resold them -- but painted them in bold colors. This just caught on -- one resident said to us that it was "like a virus." It is now a major industry, and you can buy a variety of artworks.  Here are some examples of jellybean houses.

Houses on Kimberly Row, in the Second Empire style

Houses on Kimberly Row, in the Second Empire style

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