Elk Island National Park Superintendent's residence
Maison du directeur du parc national Elk Island
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Located in the headquarters area near Elk Island National Park’s west gate, the Superintendent’s Residence is a two-storey structure with a bell-cast gambrel roof and two bell-cast dormers in the front and one in the rear. The exterior is covered with clapboard on the ground storey and with wooden shingles on the gable ends and sides of the dormers. 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 closely associated with the founding and subsequent operation of Elk Island National Park. The first National Park whose primary purpose was to serve as a sanctuary for big game animals. It can also be linked with early efforts to preserve wildlife in Canada. It is the oldest Superintendent’s Residence in the National Park system.
The Superintendent’s Residence is a good example of a functional shelter. Its design falls outside the general architectural guidelines established by the National parks Service in the early 20th century. These called for the use of rustic motifs in Park buildings. The absence of these elements, reflect the Park’s emphasis on the value of its wildlife conservation and protection rather than its aesthetic.
The Environmental Value
The Superintendent’s Residence is the most architecturally prominent building in the vicinity. It is well known to park staff and by older residents in the region because of its long association with the park. The Residence, situated amongst other support buildings, reinforces the rural character of its isolated setting at Elk National Park.
James De Jonge, Superintendent’s Residence, Elk Island National Park, Alberta, Federal Heritage Building Report, 87-027.
Superintendent’s Residence, Elk Island National Park, Alberta, Heritage Character Statement, 87-027.
The following character defining elements of the Superintendent’s Residence should be respected, for example:
Its good functional design, and good quality craftsmanship such as:
-Its two-storey structure with a bell-cast gambrel roof and two bell-cast dormers in the front and one in the rear.
-Its gable dormers, decorative oculus under the eaves and decorative windows.
-Its exterior covered with clapboard on the ground storey and wooden shingles on the gable ends and sides of the dormers.
The manner in which the Pavilion reinforces the rural character of Elk National Park as evidenced in:
-Its architectural prominence in its isolated setting within the Park.
-Its long association with the Park and familiarity with visitors, and park staff making it
a landmark in the region.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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