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Nepisiguit Centennial Museum/Cultural Centre

360 Douglas Ave, Bathurst, New Brunswick, E2A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2005/10/17

Angled view of the Nepisiguit Centennial Museum/Cultural Centre, 2005.; City of Bathurst
Nepisiguit Centennial Museum/Cultural Centre
Front view of the Nepisiguit Centennial Museum/Cultural Centre which was constructed in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s Centennial year. (2005); City of Bathurst
Nepisiguit Centennial Museum/Cultural Centre
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Other Name(s)

Nepisiguit Centennial Museum/Cultural Centre
Nepisiguit Centennial Building
Édifice centenaire Nepisiguit

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Construction Date(s)

1967/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/06/08

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Nepisiguit Centennial Museum/Cultural Centre is a modern international-style building constructed in 1967 as part of Canada’s Centennial celebrations. The building houses the Bathurst Heritage Museum and the Nepisiguit Cultural Centre, and stands on part of the Coronation Park grounds on Douglas Avenue in Bathurst.

Heritage Value

The heritage values of the Nepisiguit Centennial Museum/Cultural Centre as a local historic place stem from its architecture, its commemorative significance for the population and for its cultural vocation.

The building’s heritage value can also be found in its architecture and builders. The building was constructed in 1967 as one of the projects commemorating Canada’s Centennial and highlighting the centennial of federalism. Its architecture is typical of the modern international style of that period. The international style is depicted in the sobriety of its lines, its rectangular massing with a flat roof, its horizontal row of windows, and its mix of brick, concrete and steel.

The heritage value is also attributed to the building because it was a community project that brought the two linguistic communities together in a major fundraising campaign for a public library that would serve both groups.

The heritage value of the building also lies in its cultural vocation. Originally built to house the first public library for both linguistic communities, it later became the Nepisiguit Cultural Centre and now houses the Bathurst Heritage Museum.

Source: Bathurst Heritage Trust Commission, Inc.

Character-Defining Elements

The character defining elements associated with the location include:
- positioning of the building on a large lot on the Coronation Park grounds;
- proximity of certain institutions such as a school and a church;
- geographic location in the downtown.

The character defining elements associated with the building include:
- rectangular plan;
- flat roof;
- concrete access ramp;
- brick and concrete exterior finish;
- fenestration that wraps around the building;
- integrity of the original interior;
- mezzanines and their varnished wooden railings;
- staircases and banisters.

The character defining elements associated with the building's cultural use include:
- collection of historic and cultural artefacts relating to the Bathurst area.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Community Planning Act

Recognition Type

Local Register

Recognition Date

2005/10/17

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Museum

Historic

Leisure
Library

Architect / Designer

Gavin & Valentine

Builder

Connolly Construction

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Bathurst Heritage Trust Commission Inc., 360 Douglas Avenue, Bathurst, NB.

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

760

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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