Carmanah Light Tower
Phare de Carmanah
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1921/01/01 to 1922/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Light Tower at Carmanah is a short, octagonal concrete structure that sits on a point 41.45 meters (136 feet) above high water, on a site cleared from the extremely dense rainforest. Composed of a short tapered shaft capped by a lantern walkway and enormous 3rd Order Light, a pedimented doorway and heavy concrete balustrade complete its classically-inspired design. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Light Tower is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Light Tower is associated with the upgrading of existing navigational aids in the early 1900s to improve the safety of maritime commerce at remote coastal locations.
The Light Tower is a very good example of a functional structure whose design recalls the classically-inspired tripartite division of base, shaft and capital, common to many concrete towers of the era. Unlike many West Coast light towers built in the first decade of the 20th century, the Light Tower at Carmanah was not built from a standard design.
The Environmental Value
An important marker in an isolated and rugged coastal environment, the Light Tower at Carmanah is well-known in its region and is compatible with the setting.
Sources: Lighttower, Carmanah, British Columbia, Heritage Character Statement, 90-066; Gordon Fulton, Lighttower, Carmanah Amphitrite Point, Cape Mudge, Brockton Point, Ballenas Point, British Columbia, Federal Heritage Buildings Report, 90-066.
The character-defining elements of the Light Tower should be respected.
Its classically inspired functional design, good craftsmanship and materials such as:
- its tapered massing consisting of a short, octagonal shaft capped by a heavy concrete gallery balustrade;
- its prominent lantern, coving and bracketing, gallery guardrails and its projecting windows and door;
- its cast-in-place concrete construction;
- its pedimented entrance;
- its painted steel and the glass detailing of the lantern.
The manner in which the Light Tower functions as an important marker in its region as evidenced by:
- its visible location on the coastline.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Navigational Aid or Lighthouse
Architect / Designer
Department of Marine and Fisheries
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection