Saturday, 14 May 2011

The Open House

May 12, 2011 
On Thursday, May 12th, we shined up our hallways, polished the brass, opened the doors and invited everyone in!  And they had a great time!  After 10 years, we had a lot to celebrate. 

Bill Mahoney is extremely proud of the accomplishment and with good reason.  From a building that was scheduled for demolition, a spectacular building has been created.  A national historic site, containing shops, restaurants and a beautiful boutique hotel.   Check out his speech here.
We were excited to have both the Mayor of St. John’s, Dennis O’Keefe and the Acting Mayor, Shannie Duff  with us to cut the cake.  The Mayor, looking great after some health troubles.  The Acting Mayor as Chair of the Heritage Committee has always been a friend of Murray Premises so we were thrilled to have her.  It’s times like these that new stories come out and we were amazed to hear about the incredibly deep connection that Shannie has to us.  Little did we know that it was her, with a placard out front of the building, protesting the demolition that saved this amazing building.  In a day, when we hear so many stories of people who “remember” beautiful buildings, isn’t it great to hear about one that didn’t fall to the wrecking ball!
Want to check out some pictures from the event?  They’re all here. 

So what's next? The busy summer season looms ahead.  Phones are ringing off the hook as people prepare their trips - business and leisure alike.  We're ready for summer #11.  Let's go!


  1. Congratulations on your remarkable achievements throughout the last decade! Your dedication to our urban heritage is commendable; thanks for sharing via the blog!

  2. Thanks so much. We kind of feel like we're the custodians of the building. What a great job!