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Postal Station A

126-40 Prince William Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1984/01/30

View of the main entrance to Postal Station 'A', 1983.; Parks Canada Agency/AgenceParcs Canada, C. Cameron, 1983.
Main entrance
Postal Station 'A', showing the sandstone façade, 1983.; Parks Canada Agency/Agence Parcs Canada, C. Cameron, 1983.
Front elevation
View of a window from the inside of Postal Station 'A', 1983.; Parks Canada Agency/Agence Parcs Canada, C. Cameron, 1983.
View of the interior

Other Name(s)

Postal Station A
Post Office
Bureau Postale

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1913/01/01 to 1915/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/05/14

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Postal Station “A” is part of the streetscape in downtown Saint John. It is a formal, four storey structure with a classical sandstone façade featuring a prominent cornice and columns within a seven-bay front. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Postal Station “A” is a recognized federal heritage building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.

Historical Value:
Postal Station “A” is associated with the expansion and consolidation of federal services throughout Canada through the construction of purpose-built office structures. The federal government reinforced its presence in the community by the erection of this large formal stone building.

Architectural Value:
The design and form of Postal Station “A” in Saint John is executed in the Beaux-Arts style with classically inspired details. The building’s exterior displays an attractive façade that enhances the Prince William streetscape. The façade and public front lobby are intended to be impressive and its formal design displays a high degree of craftsmanship.

Environmental Value:
Postal Station “A” is compatible with the present central business district. Prominently sited in the downtown core close to the harbour, it is a conspicuous and familiar landmark within both the community and the region.

Source: C. A. Hale, Postal Station A, 126-40 Prince William Street, Saint John, New Brunswick; Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 83-059.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Postal Station “A” should be respected.

Its Beaux-Arts style and good quality materials and craftsmanship, for example:
- the formal massing and four-storey form with its flat roof and formal symmetry;
- the formal sandstone tripartite façade with a slightly recessed central section flanked by pavilions and surmounted by a prominent decorated cornice;
- the ionic columns separating the window openings on the seven-bay front;
- the arched openings and rustication on the ground floor;
- the formal interior lobby with its marble dado and remaining interior fittings.

The manner in which the Postal Station “A” is compatible with the commercial centre of Saint John and is a prominent local landmark as evidenced by:
- its scale and detailing compatible with the present character of the town and the traditional local architecture;
- its prominent downtown location facing the harbour, and its role as a post office that increases its profile within the both community and the region.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1984/01/30

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Government
Post Office

Architect / Designer

Unknown

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

2379

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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