Description of Historic Place
The Carpentry Shop, also known as Building 6, faces a large, open yard in the Bear Creek Compound, a historic, non-operating, placer gold mining facility in the Klondike River valley. The building’s rectangular, wood-frame structure is clad in corrugated metal siding and topped by a metal covered gable roof with a gabled rooftop ventilator. The front gable has double equipment doors with diagonal boards and a single inset door. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Carpentry Shop is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Carpentry Shop built as a blacksmith and shoeing shop as part of the early phase in the history of the Bear Creek Compound, is closely associated with the corporate phase of Yukon’s gold mining history, with links to both the Canadian Klondike Mining Company and the Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation (YCGC). The building also illustrates the site’s early development and the necessity to adapt its buildings to meet changing requirements.
The Carpentry Shop is valued for its good, simple aesthetic. The functional nature of its design is evidenced in its rectangular structure with a single, large, open work area that has a line shaft system in place to operate four machines, as well as power tools and a workbench. The building’s good workmanship is demonstrated in its wood-frame construction clad in the appropriate materials such as the corrugated metal siding and the metal, gable roof.
The Carpentry Shop maintains an unchanged relationship to its site and reinforces the character of its industrial setting at the Bear Creek Compound. The structure is familiar to those within the immediate area.
Joan Mattie, Bear Creek Industrial Complex, Bear Creek, Yukon Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 89-008; Carpentry Shop (Building #6), Bear Creek Compound, Yukon, Heritage Character Statement, 89-008.
The character-defining elements of the Carpentry Shop should be respected.
- the simple and functional nature of its design, and its overall good workmanship and appropriate use of materials;
- the features of its form, construction, and materials that unite it with the site’s other buildings, including its simple rectangular shape, its gable roof, its metal corrugated siding and roof covering, and its rooftop ventilator;
- the arrangement and detailing of its doors and windows, and its double doors with diagonal boarding;
- its open work area, which occupies the entire building;
- the vestiges of the carpentry shop equipment, including the electric motor, the line shaft system, and the workbench;
- its comfortable relationship – due to its form, materials, detailing, and colour scheme – with the other structures and landscape features of the site, in particular the other trade buildings nearby.