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1938/01/01 to 1939/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Administrative Building at Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada is located within a group of administrative buildings nestled in a pastoral surrounding. It is a modest, gable roof structure with a central stone porch enhancing its entrance. The building has white-shingled walls and multi-pane windows with green trim. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Administration Building is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The construction of the Administration Building is associated with the establishment of Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada as part of the federal government’s policy to expand the national park system which previously centered on Western Canadian parks. The creation of this national park had a positive impact on local development and the tourism industry of Cape Breton Island.
The Administration Building is a good example of the vernacular design used for administrative structures in Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada. The building is characterized by its modest scale, symmetry and gable roof. It also exhibits good craftsmanship as evidenced in the stone porch which enhances the entry and contrasts with the simplicity of the white shingles of the walls.
The Administration Building reinforces the domestic character of the rural park setting at Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada. Located close to the main access road, it is well-known to park staff and to visitors of the park.
Sources: Shannon Ricketts, Administration Office and Superintendent’s Residence, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 90-303; Administration Office, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Heritage Character Statement, 90-303.
The following character-defining elements of the Administration Building should be respected.
Its vernacular design and good quality craftsmanship, for example:
- its modest massing and symmetrical plan with a gable roof;
- its symmetrically disposed façade with a central stone-faced porch that shelters the main entrance;
- its wood components including the shingles of the wall and the wooden multi-pane sash windows;
- the colour scheme of white with green trim.
The manner in which the Administration Building reinforces the domestic character of its rural park setting and is well-known to those in the park, as evidenced by:
- its modest scale, design and natural materials which harmonize with the adjacent administrative structures of similar appearance to create a group of buildings that give the impression of a domestic settlement nestled in a pastoral surrounding;
- the location of the building close to the main access road frequented by park staff and visitors.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
Architect / Designer
Department of Mines and Resources, Survey and Engineers Branch
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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