Description of Historic Place
The Senior Non Commissioned Officer's (NCO) Mess (Building B30) is a modern, two-storey building composed of several horizontal volumes that feature smooth exterior wall surfaces with articulated joints, horizontal fenestration, and metal coping along the roof eaves. The building is located at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, on the base's main street, and is part of the base's social precinct. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Senior NCO's Mess (Building B30) is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Senior NCO's Mess is associated with the historical theme Canada's national defense and its commitments to international military preparedness under the Charter of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (OTAN), and the buildup of Canadian military armed forces including the upgrading of its air component in the post World War II era.
The Senior NCO's Mess is a good example of a modern building influenced by the International Style and was one of the original 21 buildings completed or under construction in the early 1950s during the establishment of the base. Designed as a social facility, the plan combines quarters for leisure acitivites, dining, food preparation, and storage in a single building.
One of the major buildings lining the Queensway, the Senior NCO's Mess reinforces the social/recreational character of the base's social precinct, and has been a part of the base's community throughout the various phases of its expansion. Although the base has expanded considerably since the construction of the Senior NCO's Mess and the original 21 buildings associated with its founding, the building's generous grounds have been preserved.
Dana Johnson, Nine Buildings, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta. Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Building Report 98-131.
Senior NCO’s Mess (B30), 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta. Heritage Character Statement 98-131.
The following character-defining elements of the Senior NCO's Mess should be respected, for example:
Its role as an illustration of Canada's national defense and its commitments to international military preparedness during the post-World War II era is reflected in:
-the simple, functional design of the building which combines large open areas, a dining room, food storage,
preparation and serving areas, and other support spaces, and which distinguishes it as one of the main social
facilities for military personnel on the base.
Its modern design sensibilities as manifested in:
-the articulation of the various internal functions as distinct, exterior volumes;
-the strong horizontal lines created by the metal coping along the eaves, the pattern formed by the joints of
the exterior cladding, the fenestration pattern, and the simple, pipe railing that runs along the edge of the
roof terrace; and,
-the plain, smooth exterior wall surfaces devoid of any extraneous ornamentation or historical references.
The manner in which the building reinforces the social/recreational character of the base's social center, as evidenced in:
-the building's location on the Queensway, the base's main street and social centre, in proximity to other
major buildings of similar scale and function such as B20 Officer's Mess and B41 Junior Ranks' Mess; and,
-the open relationship between the building and its generous grounds.