A few years ago the Turner’s Tavern building in downtown St. John’s was turned into a number of high-end apartments and a jewellery store. Maybe the greatest loss from the project was the historic mural which covered the building’s west side.
The original Golden Pheasant mural faded into obscurity half a century ago but it was recently painstakingly and expensively restored by two local artists. This kind of history is so easy to preserve – a low-upkeep iconic image and way-finding device for the downtown – that needlessly destroying it is especially sad.
This post is a partial digital reproduction of the most recent mural that I put together from photos. I love the style, and the whole situation is one I’d like to look at in some sort of future project.