6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6Y, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The historic place consists of the Richmond Cenotaph, a three metre high granite monument situated outside Richmond City Hall, and its concrete supporting base.
The heritage value of the Cenotaph lies in its community expression as a non-denominational monument built by community consensus and effort to represent popular feeling following World War I, as well as for its superior craftsmanship and the use of fine materials in its carved granite crown and die.
Designed by noted Vancouver architects Sharp and Thompson, the Cenotaph was the result of a Memorial Committee struck in 1921 to erect a memorial to 'our fallen comrades of Richmond'. The Cenotaph was sited on a direct north-south axis with the entry to Richmond's first Town Hall and has maintained this orientation through the construction of two subsequent Town and City Halls. Similar to many crosses erected across the country, the Celtic Cross is a representative design giving the Cenotaphs a connection to other places in Canada and to members of the community and all victims of war. Use of the finest materials ensured that the Cenotaph would be an elegant and lasting memorial to Richmond's war veterans.
Source: City of Richmond Clerk's Department File #4200-02.
Character defining elements of the Richmond Cenotaph include:
- The design of the Cenotaph, including the tapered square carved granite column, the elegant and serene Celtic Cross design with its elaborate carving, the concrete foundation and the four boulders which has remained unchanged since its construction
- The more than 50 names of the war dead from World War I, World War II and the Korean War carved on three sides of the column
- The four boulders carved with the names of battles - Vimy, Somme, Ypres, Amiens, a unique design feature that provokes a powerful imagery
- The sense of roughness created by the contrast of the formal cross with the granite boulders at each corner
- The location of the Cenotaph at the front of City Hall and the continuation of the historic relationship to the civic centre of Richmond
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Governing Canada
- Military and Defence
Function - Category and Type
- Commemorative Monument
Architect / Designer
Sharp and Thompson
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Richmond Clerk's Department File #4200-02.
See also: City of Richmond Archives.
Cross-Reference to Collection