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Fireweed Studio

5210-49th Avenue, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, X1A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1996/10/15

Fireweed Studio, 2002; E. Hawkins/GNWT
Fireweed Studio, 2002
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Other Name(s)

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Construction Date(s)

1930/01/01 to 1935/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/05/28

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Fireweed Studio is a City of Yellowknife Heritage Site. It is a single story log frame building. The building was relocated next to the Gerry Murphy Arena at 5210-49th Avenue in downtown Yellowknife in 1978.

Heritage Value

This building is a fine example of early log construction in Yellowknife. Built in the early 1930s as a blacksmith shop for Brock Mine, it was originally situated on what is now the Giant Mine property. Over the years it has served as a blacksmith shop (early 1930's-1938), a powder magazine (1938-1978), a tourist information centre (1978-1992), and currently as an artist's studio and retail outlet. An attractive, well-kept, nicely weathered building, it has been a continuous part of life in Yellowknife since the 1930s. Today, in its location on City Hall grounds, it is a familiar landmark and symbol of Yellowknife's early years.

Source: City of Yellowknife By-Law 3925.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage character of the Fireweed Studio is defined by:
-the well-aged and weathered patina of the building's exterior materials, in particular its wood
-the mass, form and general disposition of the building
-the saddle joint log construction of the exterior walls
-the elements, configuration, layout and textures of the early structure, including but not limited to its one-room layout and simple wood door and frame

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Northwest Territories

Recognition Authority

City of Yellowknife

Recognition Statute

City of Yellowknife Heritage By-Law

Recognition Type

City of Yellowknife Municipal Historic Site

Recognition Date

1996/10/15

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1930/01/01 to 1938/01/01
1938/01/01 to 1978/01/01
1978/01/01 to 1978/01/01
1978/01/01 to 1992/01/01
1992/01/01 to 1992/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Extraction and Production

Function - Category and Type

Current

Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Historic

Industry
Natural Resource Extraction Facility or Site

Architect / Designer

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Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Yellowknife City Hall, Yellowknife, By-law 3925.

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

NT0006

Status

Published

Related Places

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