Introduction

The Governorship,
1610 - Present


Governor Profiles

Government House
Setting and Influence

Virtual Tour
The Grounds

Vestibule and Hall

Dining Room

Drawing Room

Ballroom

Royal Suite


Original Inventory


Bibliography


Sign Guestbook
Play Games

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Virtual Tour: Vestibule and Hall

Government House is entered through a Porte-Cochère and a series of rooms (Porch, Vestibule and Hall), all of which protect it from the elements. The porch itself has grown out onto the drive over the years.

Visitors Book Table
Table belonged to the original house at Fort Townshend.

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Vestibule Sofa
Sofa was ordered for the house in 1829.

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In the bright, well-windowed Vestibule are some interesting pieces of furniture. The table on which the Visitor's Book sits is part of what the Georgian period called a set of dining tables. It is one of the few remaining pieces of furniture from the original Government House in Fort Townshend. Opposite is a sofa that is part of the furniture ordered for this house in 1829.

Plaque
Grinling Gibbons style plaque lists all the governors from the time of Henry Osborne in 1729.

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Mantlepiece
A classically-detailed mantlepiece above which is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth.

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Moving into the Hall we see, on the right, a classically-detailed mantlepiece above which is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth. Opposite is the Grinling Gibbons style plaque which lists all the Governors of Newfoundland from the time of Henry Osborne in 1729.

Alexander Pindikowsky Ceiling
Hall ceiling painted by Pindikowsky.

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Hall Ceiling Detail
Detail of the Alexander Pindikowsky ceiling.

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Above is the first of a series of ceilings by Alexander Pindikowsky, a Polish fresco-painter who, having been convicted of forgery, did part of his sentence working here and in the Colonial Building.

Royal Newfoundland Regiment Colours

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The crossing of the Hall and the Passage becomes a kind of sacred space for here stand the colours of the Royal Newfoundland regiment. The original colours, which were presented in World War I, are set in the niche.

Doomed Skylight
Skylight located above the passageway.

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Lighting the Passage is an oval gallery above which is a domed skylight. The walls and doors of the rooms above which face on the gallery are curved to enhance the effect of the space.

Semi-circular Staircase
The staircase has contributed much to the elegance of Government House.

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At the eastern end of this passage, beside the Lieutenant-Governor's Office, is a superbly delicate semi-circular staircase leading to the upper floor with masonry steps, cast-iron balusters and a mahogany rail. This was, not surprisingly, one of the features that contributed to the cost of the building; now we would say it contributed more to the elegance of Government House.

August, 2000.

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