The Rooms is a cultural facility in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The facility opened in 2005 and houses the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Provincial Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its name, as well as its architecture, is a reference to the simple gable-roofed sheds, called "fishing rooms", that were once so common at the waterline in Newfoundland fishing villages.
The Rooms is located on the former site of Fort Townsend, an 18th-century military fort, on a hill overlooking downtown St. John's. Since its construction it has competed with its neighbour, Basilica of St. John the Baptist, for the dominance of the St. John's skyline.
O'Keefe was elected to municipal politics in 1997 as a councilor at large and was subsequently re-elected to the position in 2001. In 2005 he was elected Deputy Mayor of the city and held that position till the resignation of Mayor Andy Wells in 2008. He served as acting mayor from March to April 2008 before resigning to run in the June by-election to replace Wells. He won the race beating former deputy mayor Marie White by a 5,000 vote margin. In the 2009 municipal election O'Keefe was re-elected Mayor, taking 57 per cent of the votes.