Waterton Lakes National Park Interpretive Building
Bâtiment d’interprétation du parc national des Lacs-Waterton
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Overlooking Waterton Lake, the Interpretative Building is located within the large public campground and picnic area of the Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada. It is a simple, T-shaped, one-storey timber structure in a rustic style with a gable-hipped roof. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Interpretative Building is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Interpretative Building is strongly associated with the theme of automobile-accessible campground development in Canada. Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada was one of the first national parks to develop a series of specific facilities for park visitors. The Interpretative Building was the first community building and the only building to combine residential, administrative and social functions under one roof.
The Interpretative Building is a good example of a structure in a Rustic style and reflects the aesthetics favoured by the designers of national parks during the 1920s. The use of natural materials and uniform design resulted in structures that are sympathetic to their picturesque environment. It is also a good functional structure.
The Interpretative Building is an integral part of Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada campground, and is linked to the other buildings by the use of similar materials and also by the uniform colour scheme. The Interpretative Building has retained an unchanged relationship to its site and is familiar to wardens and campers within the park.
Sources: Interpretive Building, 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 the Interpretative Building should be respected.
Its Rustic style, utilitarian design and craftsmanship, for example:
- the simple, low massing of the one-storey structure;
- the gable hipped roof and the use of horizontal tapered wood siding for the walls;
- the uniform colour scheme with white trim;
- the multi-pane casement wood windows.
The manner in which the Interpretative Building is compatible with the campground and picnic area setting within Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada as evidenced by:
- its compatible scale, materials and paint colours in relation to the adjacent buildings.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Historic or Interpretive Site
Architect / Designer
Parks Canada Agency
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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