BANL logo

Explore Art NL

Photograph by Bob Brink

⇦ back

Great Fire of 1892

by Julie Lewis


McBride's Hill, St. John's

240 Water St., St. John's, NL A1C 1B7

Go to map ↓

In 2017, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1892, the City of St. John’s issued a Request for Proposals for a mural on the retaining wall (replacing the previous aging mural) at McBride's Hill, a short street connecting Duckworth Street and Water Street. The design submitted by St. John’s-based artist Julie Lewis of SassyTuna Studio was chosen for the project. Watch the video of Lewis’s design method for the 21-metre-long mural.

The Great Fire of 1892 destroyed two-thirds of the city within just a few hours after it started at the top of Carter’s Hill, on the north side of the St. John’s harbour. You can follow the link to read more about it.

Artist bio

This trained animator and designer spends most of her time drawing, teaching and studying. Having studied at top art and design colleges such as Grenfell, Sheridan and Algonquin, and MUN and Dalhousie as well, Julie brings enthusiasm and energy to all of her endeavours. She teaches traditional art and digital art, leads art parties and draws caricatures through her own SassyTuna Studio. Her website is and is the best place to find her.

Get Directions and more with the free mobile app

  • Share directions with friends

  • Find nearby work around you

  • “Collect” artwork to keep track of what you've seen

  • Get notified when you're near work you want to see

 Get it on Google Play

Download the mobile app

 Get it on Google Play

Sign up to receive our weekly Spotlight on Partnerships and stay up to date.