Confederation Building (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Confederation Building East Block
|Architectural style||Post-War Modern|
|Location||St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Address||100 Prince Phillip Drive|
|Town or city||St. John's|
|Current tenants||Government of Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Renovated||1982 & presently|
|Client||Government of Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Owner||Government of Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Landlord||Government of Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Height||64 metres (210 ft)|
|Other dimensions||198 metres wide and 64 tall (East Block)|
|Floor area||34,838 square metres|
The Confederation Building is located on Confederation Hill overlooking Newfoundland & Labrador's capital city St. John's, and it serves as the home of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. The brick-and-concrete clad building has 11 storeys and is 64 metres tall. It was completed in 1960 at a cost of $9 million to replace the Colonial Building. A lantern is located at the top of the copper roof of the central tower and acts as a beacon when turned on at night.
In 1982, construction began on the West Block extension, a modern 7-storey structure, which is a six-storey building, with a gross floor area of 34,838 m2. The original building is now considered the East Block of the Confederation Building. A third building on the legislature campus is the Service Building Annex a two-storey building housing a day care centre and garage for the provincial fleet.
Confederation Building is in fact part of a complex of two buildings on the site:
The main and largest of the two and the original building having the name and home to the House of Assembly.
It is also home to the senior government positions:
- Office of the Premier
- Executive Council
- Ministry of Business
- Ministry of Finance
- Ministry of Justice
A separate building to the west of the East Block and home to the remaining government departments:
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Environment and Conservation
- Ministry of Government Services
- Ministry of Health and Community Services
- Ministry of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
- Ministry of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development
- Ministry of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
- Ministry of Municipal Affairs
- Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
- Ministry of Transportation and Works
A few other ministries are located in other offices offsite in St. John's:
- 40 Higgins Line - home to the Office of the Chief Information Officer
- Sir Brian Dunfield Building - Public Service Commission
- 29-31 Pippy Place - Research and Development Corporation
- Petten Building, Strawberry Marsh Road - Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture
- 25 Hallett Crescent - Fire and Emergency Services
- Natural Resources Building, 50 Elizabeth Avenue - Ministry of Natural Resources
Statues and landmarks at the Legislature
A number of statues and landmarks are located near the building:
- Gaspar Corte-Real - located southeast of the building.
- John Cabot - located at the foot of the steps at the East Block.
- Sir Wilfred Grenfell
- Coat of Arms of Newfoundland and Labrador located in front of the East Block.
- The Royal Union Flag and the Flags of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada fly in front of the building.