Confederation Building (Newfoundland and Labrador)

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Confederation Building
Confederation Building East Block
General information
Type Legislative Assembly
Architectural style Post-War Modern
Location St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Address 100 Prince Phillip Drive
Town or city St. John's
Country Canada
Elevation 100m
Current tenants Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Construction started 1959
Completed 1960; 1991
Inaugurated 1960
Renovated 1982 & presently
Cost $9,000,000
Client Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Owner Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Landlord Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Height 64 metres (210 ft)
Roof copper
Top floor 11
Other dimensions 198 metres wide and 64 tall (East Block)
Technical details
Floor count 11
Floor area 34,838 square metres
Lifts/elevators 9

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.[2] 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:

East Block[edit]

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

West Block[edit]

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

Off site[edit]

A few other ministries are located in other offices offsite in St. John's:[3]

  • 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[edit]

A number of statues and landmarks are located near the building:

See also[edit]


Coordinates: 47°35′00.27″N 52°43′25.71″W / 47.5834083°N 52.7238083°W / 47.5834083; -52.7238083