“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Saint John in Saint John County, New Brunswick — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)

Centerbeam Place

Centerbeam Place Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 11, 2014
1. Centerbeam Place Marker
Inscription.  This historic city block of attached late-Victorian buildings was designed and constructed immediately after the Great Fire of 1877 that swept away much of Saint John. Prominent architects from Canada and the United States vied for the honour of creating a new business district. During the 20th century this block was neglected, and the structures fell into serious disrepair and decay.

Between 2004 and 2008 Commercial Properties Limited undertook the rehabilitation of this block as a viable business centre. The block’s exterior facades were repaired and restored to their Second Empire glory, while interior divisions were reworked or removed to make space suitable for 21st century business. The design for Centerbeam Place blends heritage features like original brick, original beams and original pressed tin ceilings into contemporary shops and workplaces.

When the work began the 1878 mud brownfield at the rear of the block’s buildings was faced by windowless dark walls. Once the contaminated soil was removed, a charming community plaza, overlooked by Victorian-style windows that flood light into the rear of the complex was
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This four-year rehabilitation involved many skilled workers from all construction trades and local craftspeople. Daunting physical and technical challenges were met and solved. The guidance of the Heritage Development Officer for the City of Saint John, the direction of Parks Canada’s heritage staff and financial assistance from The Government of Canada’s Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund contributed significantly to the project’s success. John Irving and Peter Milan of Commercial Properties led the project team. Saint John architect Tom Johnson designed the project. Dan Fox of FCC was Onsite Supervisor.

Centerbream Place has been honoured with numerous awards from local, provincial and national organizations.

Erected 2008 by Commercial Properties Limited.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1877.
Location. 45° 16.364′ N, 66° 3.731′ W. Marker is in Saint John, New Brunswick, in Saint John County. Marker is at the intersection of Prince William Street and King Street, on the left when traveling south on Prince William Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 60 Prince William Street, Saint John NB E2L, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint John 225th Anniversary Clock (here, next to this marker);
Centerbeam Place Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 11, 2014
2. Centerbeam Place Marker
Prince William Street - Before and After the 1877 Fire (a few steps from this marker); A Legacy of Tea | Du thé en héritage (within shouting distance of this marker); Scottish Strength (within shouting distance of this marker); The Marco Polo (within shouting distance of this marker); Here Stood the House Occupied by Benedict Arnold (within shouting distance of this marker); The Landing of the Loyalists (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); First Steam Fog Horn (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint John.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 25, 2023