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Staff House

Dawson, Yukon, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1993/11/15

View of the Staff House, showing its distinctive log construction, 1988.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 1988.
General view
View of the Staff House, showing its two-storey wood-frame addition, 1988.; Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, 1988.
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Other Name(s)

Staff House
Building 14
Bâtiment 14

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/02/09

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Staff House, also known as Building 14, faces a large, open yard in the Bear Creek Compound, a historic, non-operating, placer gold mining facility in the Klondike River valley. It consists of a one-storey log construction at the front of the building and a two-storey rear addition clad with wood siding. A small front verandah enhances the front elevation. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Staff House is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.

Historical Value
The Staff House is associated with the corporate phase of Yukon’s gold mining history. It also illustrates the expansion and renewal of the facility in the 1930s, the residential development at the village-like, mining service facility, and the adaptation of older structures for new and expanded use.

Architectural Value
The Staff House possesses a good aesthetic design. The residential features such as the front verandah and front steps, in combination with the quality crafted log construction, enhance the building’s domestic appearance. The irregular, interior layout is evidence of the building’s adaptability to accommodate changing needs.

Environmental Value
The Staff House maintains an unchanged relationship to its site and reinforces the character of its village-like, industrial setting at the Bear Creek Compound. The structure is familiar to those within the area.

Sources: Joan Mattie, Bear Creek Industrial Compound, Bear Creek, Yukon, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office, Building Report 89-008; Staff House (Building 14), Bear Creek Compound, Yukon, Heritage Character Statement, 89-008.

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements of the Staff House should be respected:
- the simple and functional nature of its design, and its overall good workmanship and appropriate use of materials;
- the features of its form, construction, and materials that unify it with the site’s other buildings, including the two-storey wood-frame addition, with its metal-covered gable roof and horizontal wood siding;
- the distinctive log construction of its front section, and its contrasting colour scheme;
- its residential features, including the front verandah and steps, and the arrangement and detailing of its windows and doors;
- its comfortable relationship, due to its form, materials, detailing, and colour scheme with the other structures and landscape features of the site, in particular the Stenographer’s House (Building 13) and the V.I.P. Guest House (Building 11).




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)

1959/01/01 to 1959/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type



Natural Resource Extraction Facility or Site
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation (YCGC)



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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