These two photographs show how the Baird Building on Water Street was reconstructed after the Great Fire of 1892. On top is the burnt-out building in the immediate aftermath of the fire. On bottom is the building as it was later reconstructed. Note that the essential design was retained, although the turret has been removed, the roofline has been altered, and the peaked roof on the left of the building has been incorporated into a new, rectangular design. Many stone and brick commercial buildings survived the fire as shells, and were reconstructed using their old walls and foundations.
Photos courtesy of the City of St. John's Archives (O'Mara collection, images 01-41-133 and 01-41-137).