Description of Historic Place
The Superintendent’s Residence, a four bedroom house, designed in the cottage tradition, overlooks Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park. It features a hip roof broken by several projections, long windowed verandahs and widely projecting eaves. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Superintendent’s Residence is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Superintendent’s Residence is associated with the early development of National Parks in Manitoba and specifically illustrates two themes in the development of Riding Mountain National Park. Its construction marks the stage at which, administratively, the park began to function as a federal facility. Secondly, the building is associated with the massive Depression relief funding that was directed to Riding Mountain National Park and resulted in the building boom of 1931-1937.
The Superintendent’s Residence is a good example of a building with rustic character designed in the cottage tradition of the early 20th century. It is distinguished by its low eave lines, use of local materials, and the amalgamation of various shapes, textures and material in a lively composition of no formal stylistic derivation.The residence is well-designed and is a rare example of the use of bearing log construction.
The Superintendent’s Residence reinforces the picturesque character of its lakeside setting in Riding Mountain National Park. Located on the road leading from the commercial district to the marina, the residence is a familiar building in the park.
Edward Mills, Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report, 84-031/85-054.
Superintendent’s Residence and Works Garage, Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Heritage Character Statement, 84-031.
The following character-defining elements of the Superintendent’s Residence should be respected, for example:
Its design in the cottage tradition with rustic character, quality craftsmanship and
materials, for example:
-The generous massing of the one-and-a-half storey residence.
-The modified hip roof broken by several projections, with widely projecting eaves, and
low eave lines.
-The long windowed verandahs along the south and west elevations.
-The use of local materials and the amalgamation of various shapes, textures and
-The use of bearing log construction.
-The concrete foundation faced with stone above the grade line.
The manner in which the Superintendent’s Residence reinforces the picturesque character of its lakeside setting and is a familiar building in Riding Mountain National Park as evidenced by:
-Its design in the cottage tradition which harmonizes with the adjacent garage and which
is compatible with its picturesque setting on Clear Lake.
-Its visible location on a frequented road leading from the commercial area to the marina.