Gate Keeper's Residence (B20)
East Gate Keeper's Residence, Building B-20
Résidence du gardien de l'entrée est B-20
Links and documents
1933/01/01 to 1934/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Gatekeeper’s Residence, also known as Building B20, occupies a forest clearing at the foot of an escarpment along the eastern entrance road of Riding Mountain National Park of Canada. It is a simple, one-and-a-half-storey rectangular block with a projecting front porch. It is constructed of log and stone in the rustic style. The gable ends of the shingled, gabled roof are detailed with stucco and half-timbering. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Gatekeeper’s Residence is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Gatekeeper’s Residence is associated with the development of Canada’s National Park system and early Canadian tourism. The residence was constructed as a Public Works project using Depression-relief funding shortly after the park was established in 1930 and typifies construction practice at Riding Mountain during the 1930-1936 period.
The Gatekeeper’s Residence is a very good example of a rustic style log residence designed by the Architectural Division, National Parks Branch. Intended for summer occupancy only, it is an integral part of the distinctive East Gate building cluster. It is a good functional structure in an informal style that was perceived as harmonious with a park setting.
The Gatekeeper’s Residence, with the Warden’s Residence, East Gate Building and outbuildings, together form a cohesive, highly distinctive and historically intact site. Emphasizing natural building materials, the Gatekeeper’s residence reinforces the picturesque natural setting.
Sources: First Stage Buildings 18, 19, 20, Buildings in Riding Mountain National Park of Canada, Manitoba. Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 85-043 to 85-054; Gatekeeper’s Residence, East Gate, Riding Mountain National Park of Canada, Manitoba, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office, Report 85-054.
The character-defining elements of the Gatekeeper’s Residence should be respected.
Its rustic style and very good quality materials and craftsmanship, for example:
- the simple, low massing of the one-and-a-half-storey structure;
- the rectangular plan, with a projecting front porch to the right, and a shingled, gable roof with one chimney;
- the walls of saddle-notched logs, the exposed rafter ends and the basement faced with random-course stone;
- the multi-pane casement windows.
The manner in which the Gatekeeper’s Residence maintains an unchanged relationship with its cohesive, distinctive site that reinforces the picturesque character of its setting and is a familiar landmark marking the entry point to Riding Mountain National Park of Canada as evidenced by:
- its unchanged relationships to adjacent structures such as the Warden’s Residence and the East Gate Entrance;
- its emphasis on natural building materials, which contribute to the cohesive appearance of the site;
- its conspicuous and visually striking location along the park’s eastern boundary, and alongside the major roads leading to the park.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
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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