Nepisiguit Centennial Museum/Cultural Centre
Nepisiguit Centennial Building
Édifice centenaire Nepisiguit
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
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.
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.
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.
Local Governments (NB)
Community Planning Act
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
Architect / Designer
Gavin & Valentine
Location of Supporting Documentation
Bathurst Heritage Trust Commission Inc., 360 Douglas Avenue, Bathurst, NB.
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