Comfort Station 8
Campground Buildings, Comfort Station 8
Bâtiments du terrain de camping, bloc sanitaire 8
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Overlooking Waterton Lake, Comfort Station 8 is located within the public campground and picnic area of the Waterton Lakes townsite. It is a simple, cruciform-shaped, one-storey structure in a rustic style. Constructed with horizontal timber siding it has a cross-gable roof. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Comfort Station 8 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
Comfort Station 8 is associated with the theme of automobile-accessible campground development in the National Park system, and also associated with Depression relief activity. Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada was one of the first National Parks to develop a series of specific facilities for park visitors.
Comfort Station 8 is a good example of a structure in a rustic style and reflects the aesthetics favoured by National Parks during the 1920s. The use of natural materials and uniform design resulted in structures sympathetic to the environment. It is a good functional structure built to reflect its picturesque setting.
Comfort Station 8 is an integral part of Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada campground, and is linked to the other buildings by its standardized design and appearance and also by the uniform colour scheme. Comfort Station 8 has retained an unchanged relationship to its site and is familiar to wardens and campers within the park.
Sources: Comfort Stations, Waterton Lakes National Park, Waterton Lakes, Alberta, Heritage Character Statement 90-235; Edward Mills, 16 buildings, Townsite Campground and Playground Area, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Heritage Character Statement 90-235.
The character-defining elements of Comfort Station 8 should be respected.
Its rustic style, utilitarian design and craftsmanship, for example:
- the simple, cruciform, low massing of the one-storey structure;
- the cross-gable roof and the use of horizontal, tapered wood siding for the walls;
- the uniform colour scheme with white trim.
- the interior divided by a central partition.
The manner in which Comfort Station 8 is compatible with the campground and picnic area setting within Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada as evidenced by:
- its compatible scale, uniform design and colour scheme in relation to the adjacent park buildings.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Park Fixture
Architect / Designer
National Parks Architectural Division
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection
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Comfort Station 6
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Comfort Station 9
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