Building 84, Air Navigation School
Bâtiment 84, école de navigation aérienne
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Building 84, also known as the Air Navigation School, is located on a large, open, grassed site. It is a long, flat-roofed, z-shaped brick building designed in the Modern style with elements borrowed from the International Style. It features low, horizontal massing, a flat roof, horizontal bands of windows and the absence of decoration. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Building 84 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
Building 84 is associated with the expansion of the Canadian military forces during the Cold War and the accompanying construction program undertaken during the late 1940s and early 1950s to provide training, administration and high-quality accommodation facilities for this expanded force. It is also associated with the development of Royal Canadian Armed Force (RCAF) Station Winnipeg, which became the largest aircrew training center in the RCAF during the 1950s, operating air observer and navigation schools at the Winnipeg airbase.
Building 84 is a good example of modern styling, with elements borrowed from the International Style. The composition consists of many elements arranged in a traditional symmetrical plan. It was one of many standard designs commissioned from Canadian architects under the supervision of the Department of National Defence.
Building 84 reinforces the 1950s character of its military base setting. The building is familiar to those who live and work in the area.
Sources: Building 84, Air Navigation School, CFB Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report, 96-075 INF; Building 84, Air Navigation School, CFB Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Heritage Character Statement, 96-075.
The following character-defining elements of Building 84 should be respected.
Its modern styling, for example:
- the low, horizontal massing, flat roof, horizontal bands of windows, flat, projecting porticos, and absence of decoration.
The manner in which the building reinforces the 1950s character of its military base setting and is a well-known building at the base, as evidenced by:
- its low, horizontal massing and flat roof which complement adjacent buildings of similar design;
- its role as a school which makes it familiar to people who train there.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Military Support
Architect / Designer
Moody and Moore
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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