Martial Arts Centre
4251 Moncton Street, Richmond, British Columbia, V7E, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Martial Arts Centre is a two storey building designed in the Japanese style and situated among traditional Japanese Gardens within Steveston Park.
The Martial Arts Centre has been recognized as a social, cultural and spiritual centre for the Japanese community in Richmond.
Constructed in 1971 as a Centennial project, the Martial Arts Centre serves as a meeting place and recreational and cultural centre, as well as being the home of the Steveston Kendo Club, formed in 1934, and the first in Canada. The Club achieved a reputation for excellence until 1942 when it was disbanded and its participants relocated during the Japanese internment, in World War II. The Club was re-instated in 1958.
Set within a traditionally designed Japanese Garden, the Martial Arts Centre building was designed as a dojo house and is a fine example of an adaptation of a traditional Japanese pavilion to the North American context, illustrating Japanese design principles. Throughout its history, it has housed recreational clubs which continue to produce champion Kendo and Judo competitors.
Source: City of Richmond Clerk's Department File #4200-02.
Character defining elements of the Martial Arts Centre include:
- Architectural features that exemplify the Japanese building style and materials, including a balanced and symmetrical front facade, the sweeping profile of the wood shingle roof, the prominent ridge line of the roof, the combination of wood and stucco building cladding, and the decorative cross-bracing on the front facade
- The clearly defined front entry with a walkway which cuts through the centre of the front facade
- The scale of the building in relation to the surrounding formal landscape
- The relationship of the building to the site and the street
- Landscape features based on traditional Japanese garden style, including gradually revealed views, borrowed scenery, change of viewpoint, and the use of light, continuity, balance and scale achieved with the groupings of rocks, plants and trees
- Landscape elements such as the dry stream and pond, the placement of rocks and stones, the use of the contrasting foliage of coniferous and deciduous trees and shrubs, the use of ground cover, and the subtle use of flowering shrubs
- A sense of enclosure created by the courtyard and the building and the illusion of distance revealed by the careful manipulation of foreground, middle ground and background
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Sports and Leisure
Function - Category and Type
- Sports Facility or Site
Architect / Designer
Amulf H. Petzold
Dewey DeVries Construction
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Richmond Clerk's Department File #4200-02. See also: City of Richmond Archives.
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