Description of Historic Place
Located in the Bear Creek Compound, Warehouse No.3, also known as Building 35, is located in an historic, non-operating, placer gold mining facility in the Klondike River valley. This large, rectangular, wood-frame construction is clad in corrugated sheet metal and is covered by a metal, gable roof. The front elevation has a roof overhang, large double doors, and a projecting wood housing for a traveling crane. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Warehouse No. 3 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
Warehouse No. 3, as part of the Bear Creek Compound, is associated with the corporate phase of Yukon’s gold mining history, in particular the Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation’s renewal and expansion program of the 1930s. The building also illustrates the importance of warehouses and other storage facilities at remote mining facilities, where the storage of machinery and equipment is necessary.
Warehouse No.3 is a wood-frame building with a good aesthetic design. Its function as a storage hangar for large equipment is signaled by its size and its front elevation, which has a roof overhang, large double doors, and a projecting wood housing for a traveling crane. The openness of its ground floor work area and its mezzanine and access stair, are also evidence of its good functional design.
Warehouse No.3 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 area.
Joan Mattie, Bear Creek Industrial Complex, Bear Creek, Yukon Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 89-008; Warehouse No.3 (Building #35), Bear Creek Compound, Yukon, Heritage Character Statement, 89-008.
The character-defining elements of Warehouse No. 3 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 unify it with the site’s other buildings, including its rectangular shape, its gable roof, its corrugated sheet metal cladding and roof covering, and its wood-frame structure;
- its distinctive exterior features, such as the front double doors, the overhanging roof, and the projecting housing for the crane;
- the openness of its ground floor work area and its mezzanine and access stairs;
- its overhead travelling crane and its tracks.
The manner in which Warehouse No. 3 maintains an unchanged relationship to its site, reinforces the character of its industrial setting and is familiar, as evidenced by:
- its ongoing, comfortable relationship, due to its simple form, materials, detailing and colour scheme, to the other structures and landscape features of the site;
- its familiarity to visitors and to residents of Dawson given its location and association with the Bear Creek Compound.