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Building 6

Québec, Quebec, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1993/06/29

General view of Building 6, showing its small, rectangular, one-storey form with minimal ornamentation, 1991.; Rhona Goodspeed, Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 1991.
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Other Name(s)

Building 6
Former Latrines
Anciennes latrines

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Construction Date(s)

1829/01/01 to 1831/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/11/10

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Building 6, also known as the former Latrines, is located at the Quebec Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, set slightly back from the Chapel of the Royal 22nd Regiment. The building is a rectangular, solid, one-storey building with a hipped roof, an element similar to other buildings at the site. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Building 6 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value
Building 6 illustrates the defence of British North America from the constant threat of invasion by the United States. Building 6 is also associated with the development of Québec since the Citadel had a major impact on the civilian administration during the last century.

Architectural Value
Building 6 demonstrates good aesthetic in its simple, utilitarian design. A good functional building, its building system was simple: masonry walls supporting wood trusses and a hipped roof. Building 6 demonstrates good craftsmanship and materials.

Environmental Value
Building 6 reinforces the historical military character of its fortress setting and together with the associated adjacent buildings is a well-known local landmark.

Sources: Rhona Goodspeed, The Citadel, Québec, Québec, Federal Heritage Building Report 88-161; The former Latrine (Building 6), The Citadel, Québec, Québec, Heritage Character Statement, 88-161.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of Building 6 should be respected.

Its good aesthetic and functional design and good craftsmanship and materials, for example:
- its small, rectangular, one-storey form with minimal ornamentation;
- its hipped roof supported by wood trusses and covered in painted sheet metal;
- its solid masonry walls with irregular courses and stone windowsills.

The manner in which Building 6 reinforces the defensive historical military character of its fort setting at the Québec Citadel and is a known landmark, as evidenced by:
- its design, materials and association with other nearby buildings, which complement the location in Quebec’s old defence system;
- its visibility within the Citadel and ongoing relationship to nearby defence works.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


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Function - Category and Type



Military Support

Architect / Designer

Royal Engineers



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




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