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Federal Building

44 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1983/01/30

Federal Building Classified Federal Heritage Building; (Travaux publics Canada, 1983.)
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Other Name(s)

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Construction Date(s)

1913/01/01 to 1915/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/08/12

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Collingwood Federal building is a two-and-a-half-storey building with a low, hipped roof and designed in a Beaux-Art style. The facade, which it entirely sheathed in white marble, is distinguished by the finely detailed and complex form of its projecting portico and colonnade. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Federal Building lies in its architectural significance and in the fact that it is remarkably unaltered.

It is an outstanding work in the Beaux-Arts style, with the symmetry and balance of the exterior carried through into the very fine public spaces of the interior. It is marked throughout by a richness of materials and ornament rare in Canada for a building of this type.

Heritage value is also found in the building’s role as a landmark in its town.

Sources:
Nathalie Clerk, Collingwood Federal Building, Collingwood, Ontario, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 83-048; Collingwood Federal Building, Collingwood, Ontario, Heritage Character Statement, 83-048.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of this property is defined by:

•the two-storey composition of the east façade, surmounted by a gently sloping hip roof;
•the symmetrical composition of the east façade, with a monumental portico over the entrance flanked by colonnaded porches;
•the strongly three-dimensional nature of the white marble with bronze decorative features;
•the coffered ceiling of the porch, the upper cornice, and the roof covering, which are of copper;
•on the main level interior, a carefully orchestrated sequence of spaces highlighted by a central court with a large stained-glass dome;
•the balanced disposition of spaces around a central axis, enhanced by the use of marble, bronze, oak and ornate plaster work;
•the upper level, which retains original trim and detailing and some evidence of original layout;
•the grand marble staircase, which connects the two levels, and its heavy oak handrail, lit by a large stained-glass window.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Classified Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1983/01/30

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Government
Office or office building

Architect / Designer

Philip C. Palin

Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

2363

Status

Published

Related Places

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