Description of Historic Place
Building 206 is located within the self-contained community of Pleasantville on the north shore of Quidi Vidi Lake. It is a long, plain, rectangular, one-storey, concrete structure featuring rows of loading platforms and doors along its north side. It features a white painted exterior with green trim. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Building 206 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
Building 206, as part of the former United States military base of Fort Pepperrell, is closely associated with the Second World War perimeter defence plan. This plan called for strategic continental outposts such as Newfoundland and Jamaica to be armed and fortified to prevent an attack on the United States. The base was vacated by the United States in the 1950s and now owned by the Canadian government.
Building 206 was built as a service building. It is a good example of a wartime structure that was conceived to be highly functional in design and construction. Integral to the complex, the structure’s architectural significance lies in its contribution to the overall visual unity of this cohesive group of modernistic white buildings.
Building 206 maintains an unchanged relationship to its open site and the adjacent structures. It also reinforces the 1940s character of the military base setting and is familiar to those living and working in the base.
Sources: Julie Harris, Pleasantville Site (41 Buildings) St. John’s, Newfoundland, Federal Heritage Building Report 86-016; Buildings 102, 202, to 207, 209, 501, 517 and T562, Pleasantville Heritage Character Statement 86-016.
The character-defining elements of the Building 206 should be respected.
Its modern design and good quality materials and workmanship, for example:
- the scale and low massing of the long, rectangular structure;
- the flat roof with extended eaves;
- the exterior white, shingles and the size, form and spacing of the door and window openings;
- the placement of parapets over service entrances.
The manner in which Building 206 maintains an unchanged relationship to its site, is familiar to those living and working on the base and also reinforces the military character of Pleasantville as evidenced by:
- its ongoing relationship to its open site and the loading area and adjacent structures;
- the modern plain aesthetic of the utilitarian structure, which harmonizes with the cohesive grouping of the buildings, and creates a strong visual unity on the base;
- the building’s function as a loading and shipping point that makes it a familiar point of reference.
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection