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Border Crossing Facility

2, rue Principale, Route 247, Beebe, Quebec, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2001/03/15

View of the Border Crossing Facility, showing the breezeway to protect the vehicles.; Agence des Douanes et du Revenu du Canada / Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
North and west elevations
View of the Border Crossing Facility, showing its picturesque form  embellished with gables and its wet-dash cladding separated by half-timbering.; Agence des Douanes et du Revenu du Canada / Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
South elevation
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Other Name(s)

Border Crossing Facility
Customs / Immigration Building

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Construction Date(s)

1932/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/10/07

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Border Crossing Facility is located in the village of Beebe. It is a one-and-a-half storey, gable-roofed building designed in the Tudor-Revival style. Its picturesque form is embellished with gables, white stucco and half-timbering. Multi-pane wood windows are regularly arranged on the building’s façades and a brick chimney projects from the roof. A flat-roofed breezeway, which shelters the entrance, is attached to the building to protect the vehicles that pass through the border crossing. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Border Crossing Facility is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value
The Border Crossing Facility is closely associated with the federal government’s construction of customs and immigration posts along the Canada-U.S. border to control the land circulation of goods and services. The construction of this border crossing facility at Beebe was a response to the smuggling scandal of 1926, which initiated the concern to strengthen Canada’s border with the United States.

Architectural Value
The Border Crossing Facility is valued for its good aesthetic and functional design. The Canadian government chose the Tudor-Revival style with the clear intention of asserting cultural and political distinctiveness. The handsome, one-and-a-half storey building, with stucco walls and gables set off by half-timbering, is a representative example from this period and demonstrates very good craftsmanship.

Environmental Value
The Border Crossing Facility reinforces the present character of its urban landscape setting. Built in the very heart of the village, it is a well-known landmark in the region.

Sources: Geneviève Charrois, Poste frontalier, Beebe, Québec, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office, Building Report, 00-102; Border Crossing Facility, Beebe, Québec, Heritage Character Statement, 00-102.

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements of the Border Crossing Facility should be respected.

Its good aesthetic and functional design and very good craftsmanship and materials, for example:
- the formal elements, which help make this small one-and-a-half storey building a good example of a Tudor-Revival border crossing, particularly its picturesque form embellished with gables and its wet-dash cladding separated by half-timbering;
- the materials and construction techniques used for the half-timbering, including terracotta, wet dash and wood;
- the concept of a breezeway to protect the vehicles.

The manner in which the Border Crossing Facility reinforces the picturesque character of urban landscape setting and is a well-known landmark, as evidenced by:
- its relationship with the street and the Canada-U.S. border, which it serves;
- its overall scale, design and materials, which complement its urban surroundings;
- its high visibility in the urban fabric of Beebe and its familiar role as a high traffic border crossing.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

2001/03/15

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Government
Customs Building

Architect / Designer

Department of Public Works

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

9335

Status

Published

Related Places

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