Résidence du commandant
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Commander’s Residence is sited amongst mature trees in a residential neighbourhood of Halifax. It is a two-and-a-half-storey timber structure with a gambrel roof and a central main entrance with bay windows and dormers on either side. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Commander’s Residence is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Commander’s Residence is closely associated with an elite residential development in the south end of Halifax that was designed according to ‘City Beautiful’ principles. Built as a private residence, it was expropriated by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. It was subsequently taken over by the Maritime Command Air Group.
Set on Young Avenue, the first City Beautiful initiative in Halifax, the Commander’s Residence is a very good example of an early 20th century revival design executed in the Dutch Colonial style. A significant feature of the design is the distinctive gambrel roof with a central cross-gambrel dormer not common in Maritime urban residences.
The Commander’s Residence maintains an unchanged relationship to its residential site and reinforces the ‘City Beautiful’ character of the area. The building is a familiar landmark to those frequenting the neighbourhood.
Edgar Tumak, Commander’s Residence, 830 Young Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 90-047
Commander’s Residence, 830 Young Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Heritage Character Statement 90-047
The following character-defining elements of the Commander’s Residence should be respected, for example:
Its Dutch Revival design and good quality materials and craftsmanship as evidenced in:
-The modest scale of the building.
-The distinctive gambrel roof with centre-cross gambrel dormer.
-The symmetrical façade composed of a central entrance flanked by bay windows.
-The verandah with its broad low-rise steps and the restrained treatment of the decorative woodwork.
The unchanged manner of the Commander’s Residence that reinforces the present character of its residential setting and is a familiar landmark to those visiting the neighbourhood as evidenced by:
-Its ongoing relationship to its site amongst mature trees and to the surrounding streetscape within the older residential area.
-Its overall scale, design and materials that reinforce the picturesque character of the streetscape setting.
-Its visual prominence to those in the neighbourhood, while its high profile use by high-ranking military personnel makes it well-known in the area.
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
Cross-Reference to Collection
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