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Superintendent’s Residence and Works Garage

Riding Mountain National Park of Canada, Manitoba, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1985/03/19

General view of the the Superintendent’s Residence and Works Garage showing the modest massing of the T-shaped building.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, n.d.
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General view of the Superintendent’s Residence and Works Garage showing its design in the cottage tradition which harmonizes with the adjacent Superintendent’s Residence and is compatible with its picturesque location, 1984.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, C. Cameron, 1984.
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Other Name(s)

Superintendent’s Residence and Works Garage
Works Garage
Garage / atelier
Garage / Workshop
Garage / atelier

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Construction Date(s)

1931/01/01 to 1932/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/08/23

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Works Garage, a T-shaped building with storage space for five vehicles, is designed in the cottage tradition and overlooks Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park. It is constructed of peeled logs and set on a concrete foundation faced with stone. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Superintendent’s Residence and Works Garage is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value
The Superintendent’s Residence and Works Garage 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.

Architectural Value
The Superintendent’s Residence and Works Garage is a good example of a function-oriented 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.

Environmental Value
The Superintendent’s Residence and Works Garage 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.

Sources:
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.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Superintendent’s Residence and Works Garage should be respected.

Its function-oriented design in the cottage tradition with rustic character, quality craftsmanship and materials, for example:
-the modest massing of the T-shaped building;
-the use of local materials and the amalgamation of various shapes, textures and materials;
-the log construction;
-the concrete foundation faced with stone above the grade line.

The manner in which the Superintendent’s Residence and Works Garage 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 Superintendent’s Residence and is compatible with its picturesque location overlooking Clear Lake;
-its visible location on a frequented road leading from the commercial area to the marina.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1985/03/19

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Residence
Single Dwelling

Historic

Architect / Designer

National Parks Branch, Architectural Division

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

2470

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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