Vincent Block / Administration Office
Vincent Block / Administration Office
Édifice Vincent / Bureau de l'adminstration
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Fort Frontenac is situated at the eastern entrance to Kingston where the Cataraqui River drains into Lake Ontario. Situated within the Canadian Forces complex at Fort Frontenac, the Administration Office / Vincent Block is a simple, elegant rectangular structure with a hip roof. The structure features a regularly coursed limestone façade with regular window openings on the second-storey. The northern end consists of a five-bay section with centre entrance. The southern end is a six-bay section with slightly deeper windows and segmentally arched openings on two central bays. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Administration Office / Vincent Block is a Classified Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Administration Office / Vincent Block is one of the best examples of a structure associated with the theme of the defence of Upper Canada from the threat of invasion by the Americans. The conversion of a guardhouse and canteen at Tete-de-Pont into an additional barracks building, now the Administration Office / Vincent Block Building, was a response to the Oregon crises of the mid-1840s. When the building was transferred to the Canadian government in 1871, the Barracks became home to the ‘A’ Battery Garrison Artillery, the first unit of a permanent Canadian military force. Later reorganized as the Canadian Royal Horse Artillery. During the Second World War, the Barracks became an important recruiting centre and dispatch depot. In 1947 the complex became the site of both the newly created Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, and the National Defence College.
The simply detailed Administration Office / Vincent Block is a good example of the elegant simplicity characteristic of the work of the Royal Engineers. It exhibits very good quality craftsmanship in the regularly coursed stone façade. The building is very good functionally and constructed of good quality materials.
Fort Frontenac is situated at the eastern entrance to Kingston where the Cataraqui River drains into Lake Ontario. There have been changes as the Fort which now consists of two groups of buildings separated from each other by a busy main road. However, the Administration Office / Vincent Block and the layout of the Fort compound has remained essentially as it was in the mid-19th Century. The building and the military base environment exist in a mutually supportive state. The Administration Office / Vincent Block building is a familiar landmark on the base.
Jacqueline Adell, Fort Frontenac, 8 buildings, Kingston, Ontario.
Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 89-040.
The following character-defining elements of the the Administration Office / Vincent Block should be respected, for example:
Its standard design and good quality materials and craftsmanship as evidenced in:
-The building’s simple form and massing which consist of a simple rectangular structure with a hip roof.
-The two large stone chimneys.
-The elegant, regularly coursed limestone façade.
-The regular window openings of the second-storey and the segmentally arched openings on two central bays.
-The iron bars over some of the windows.
The manner in which the building reinforces the military character of the Fort.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Classified Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Military Office
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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