12 October 2005

Colonial Building Riot

In the photo at left, thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians rush to the Colonial Building to see the historic seat of government turned into offices for arts, cultural and heritage organizations.

They were heard chanting "Long Live Cubicles" and "More filing cabinets".

Police stood by as the rioters peacefully increased their awareness of the heritage defining characteristics of the achitecturally significant structure.

During the demonstration, one man in the crowd noted the absence of the lantern from the top of the building, missing since shortly after it was opened in the 1850s.

"Let us spend $125, 000 to build and install a new replica lantern," shouted the man to a smattering of applause. "Some poor architectural student needs a new grant."