Description of Historic Place
Situated in the Bear Creek Compound, the Engineering Office, also known as Building 19, faces a large, open yard in a historic, non-operating, placer gold mining facility in the Klondike River valley. The rectangular, wood-frame structure is clad with horizontal wood siding, and its gable roof is covered with corrugated sheet metal and with a boxed ventilator. A small front porch with a peaked roof supported by paired posts enhances its front elevation. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Engineering Office is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Engineering Office, 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. Designed as an office building and subsequently used as a residence, it exemplifies the practice of converting the site’s buildings to meet changing needs.
The Engineering Office is valued for its good, simple aesthetic, functional design, and materials. The functional nature of its design consists of a rectangular structure whose layout is a simple arrangement of bedrooms and other rooms along a central corridor. The building’s good workmanship is demonstrated in its wood-frame construction clad in the appropriate materials such as the horizontal wood siding and the metal, gable roof.
The Engineering Office 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; Engineering Office (Building #28), Bear Creek Compound, Yukon, Heritage Character Statement, 89-008.
The character-defining elements of the Engineering Office 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 simple rectangular shape, its gable roof, its horizontal wood siding, painted grey, with white trim, its corrugated sheet metal roof-covering, its wood-frame structure, and its rooftop ventilator;
- the simple but distinctive detailing of its front porch and the arrangement and the arrangement and detailing of its windows and doors;
- 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 residential buildings at the north end of the yard.