This is St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, mostly called "The Kirk,"
which means "the church" in Scots. This is the second church to bear
both names in St. John's. The first one, which was on Duckworth Street
very close to the Anglican Cathedral, was destroyed in the terrible
fire of 1892. The current church was started in 1894 and finished in
1896. If you want to know more, you can visit Newfoundland and
Labrador's Registered Historical Structures St. Andrew's Church Page.
Dragon Seer's Gift is set in 2005, and the church has already changed
since that time. The wooden steps that Maddie and Gwyn climbed when
they were looking for the Rae dragon are no longer there, and neither
is the second storey passageway that once led from Harvey Road into the
The Rooms is just across Harvey Road at the back of the church, but the
land rises so steeply in this part of St. John's that the museum,
archive and art gallery building rises high above. In the photo below,
you can see how the Rooms appears from the side on the church. In real
life, the rise looks more impressive.
From the Kirk, we take a slightly awkward jump to the Quidi Vidi Trail and Lake, which is actually about a twenty minute walk, on the other side of Bannerman Park.