Most everything is built on a hill in this city; The thing I found interesting about St.John's is how buildings delt with the grade change. In the Canadian climate, brick doesn't do well at grade (at the ground) because moisture causes it to deteriorate. Many buildings in St.John's have a built up foundation in stone (granite works well in Canada), and brickwork above. This is most visible in the exaggerated bottom example where a small structure built on a severe hill becomes more stone foundation/basement than actual brick building on top. Satisfying.