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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Located at the junction of three roads, the Registration Building is a rustic, one-storey, bell-cast gable roof structure. Its residential appearance with Tudor-Revival motifs, features half-timbering, stucco infill and cladding of local fieldstone. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Registration Building is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Registration Building is associated with the park’s emergence as a popular destination for motoring tourists. It is also associated with the extensive road building program fostered by the unemployment relief acts of the mid-1930s. Registration buildings became standard features of National Parks as road access improved and automobile traffic increased during the 1920s and 1930s.
The Registration Building is a very good example of the rustic architectural aesthetic with Tudor-Revival motifs. This aesthetic was adopted by the National Parks system to project a distinctive image readily associated with the parks. The building is enhanced by its materials and the contrasting colours of the fieldstone, stucco, and timber.
The Registration Building is sited on a triangular-shaped traffic island formed by the convergence of three roads. The building’s conspicuous and exposed location makes it a highly visible landmark to motorists from all directions. Its picturesque appearance reinforces the natural character of the mountain park.
Registration Building, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Heritage Character Statement, 84-003; Edward Mills, Registration Building, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Federal Heritage Building Report, 84-003.
The character-defining elements of the Registration Building should be respected.
Its picturesque, residential appearance, good quality craftsmanship and materials for example:
-the compact one-storey structure with a bell-cast gable roof and rear medium hipped roof that contributes to its residential appearance;
-the local fieldstone, half-timbering and stucco infill;
-the small gables located above the doors on three sides of the structure;
-the leaded glass windows;
-the fieldstone chimney.
The manner in which the Registration Building reinforces the natural character of Waterton Lakes National Park, and is a well-known landmark to visitors, as evidenced by:
- its rustic appearance;
- its exposed and conspicuous location, at the entrance to the park, on a triangular- shaped traffic-island formed by the convergence of three roads.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Courthouse and/or Registry Office
Architect / Designer
National Parks of Canada, Architectural Division
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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