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B8-Drill Hall (Korea Hall)

1984 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2004/04/22

View of the façade of the Drill Hall, showing the large expanses of glazing at the roof peak and the offset main entrance door, which contrasts with the overall symmetry of the building.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada.
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Other Name(s)

B8-Drill Hall (Korea Hall)
Bulding B8
Bâtiment B8
Korea Hall
Salle de la Corée

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Construction Date(s)

1955/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/03/03

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Drill Hall, also known as Building B8 and Korea Hall, located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Winnipeg, is a basic two-storey rectangular structure with a medium pitched gable roof, surrounded on its front and side elevations by a projecting one-storey flat-roofed bay. Its design is characterized by a strong horizontal expression, which is articulated through band windows, and also features large expanses of glazing at the gable ends. The drill hall is located within a complex of other similar 1950s and 1960s buildings. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

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

Historical value:
Built in 1955, the Drill Hall is a useful example of the establishment of a large permanent regular force in response to Canada’s NATO and other Cold War commitments. One of the early buildings of the initial phase of development of CFB Winnipeg, the building is also a very good example of the creation of the base as a significant turning point in the development of the surrounding residential neighbourhoods.

Architectural value:
The Drill Hall is a good example of a standard plan, designed by the well-known firm of Gordon S. Adamson & Associates and widely used by the Department of National Defence on several of its military bases during the 1950s. A modern interpretation of a traditional building type, it features a simple and unadorned composition and conveys a sense of permanence. Its good standard layout, also a modern version of the well-established typology for drill halls, has served its function well, as demonstrated by its continuity of use.

Environmental value:
The Drill Hall reinforces the military character of the base through its visual identity as a training structure and distinctive design. Its central location and use as a gathering space for various events have also contributed to making the building a familiar landmark to the community of the base.

Source: Alexandra Mosquin and Kate MacFarlane, Drill Hall and Electronic Ranges (B8), 1984 Grant Avenue, Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg South, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office, Building Report, 01-090.

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements of the Drill Hall should be respected.

Its simple and modern interpretation of the traditional drill hall typology, its functional design and good quality materials and craftsmanship, as evidenced in:
- its simple and unadorned overall composition, made up of the contrasting volumes and roof lines of the building’s central gabled portion and the lower flat-roofed side bays;
- its strong horizontality as expressed through the use of horizontal band windows on the side elevations;
- the large expanses of glazing at the roof peaks at the front and rear elevations;
- the standard interior layout consisting of a large central training space surrounded by smaller spaces accommodating offices, the shooting range and service areas;
- the building’s rationalized structural concrete frame, including the pre-cast concrete slab roof and steel beam and concrete block structural walls, which was a standard approach for this building type;
- the durable exterior materials including concrete, brick, steel and glass;
- the offset main entrance door, which contrasts with the overall symmetry of the building.

The manner in which the building reinforces the military character of the base, through its continuous use as a drill hall, distinctive design and the sense of permanence it conveys, as manifested in:
- the visual identity of the building as a training structure, due to its scale and location;
- its scale, materials and architectural components, which are similar to those of neighbouring buildings;
- the building’s relationship to the parade ground which it frames along with three administrative buildings.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

2004/04/22

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Defence
Armoury or Drill Hall

Architect / Designer

Gordon S. Adamson & Associates

Builder

n/a

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

10339

Status

Published

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