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Communications School, Building 67

Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1991/05/16

View of the main (northwest) elevation, 1989.; Agence Parcs Canada/Parks Canada Agency, Ian Doull, 1989.
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Other Name(s)

Communications School, Building 67
Naden No. 67
Naden no 67

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Construction Date(s)

1941/01/01 to 1942/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/11/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Building 67 is a two-storey, flat roofed structure occupying a sloping site facing the current parade ground. Its front and rear facades are composed of seven bays consisting of large windows separated by flat pilasters. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Building 67 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value
Building 67 is associated with the development of the Royal Canadian Navy training school at Naden. The commission of HMCS Naden in 1922 established the first permanent naval training center on the west coast. Post-war financial restraint produced a government strategy based on naval reserves. Reserve units were established across the country, but training was centered in Naden and Stadacona in the east. The communications or signals school replaced a smaller facility which, given wartime training needs, had proven inadequate.

Architectural Value
Building 67 is a good example of the influence of Modern Classicism on Department of Public Works designs during the 1930s and 1940s. It is distinguished by its formal symmetrical massing, classically inspired tripartite organization and simplified classical detailing typical of this style.

The Environmental Value
Building 67 is compatible with the character of its military base setting. Prominently located on a rise above the main route into Naden, Building 67 is a well-known local landmark.

Ian Doull, CFB Esquimalt-Naden (26 Buildings), Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, British Columbia, Federal Heritage Building Report, 89-204.

Naden Building 67 (Communications School), CFB Esquimalt, British Columbia, Heritage Character Statement, 89-204.

Character-Defining Elements

The following character defining elements of Building 67 should be respected, for example:

Its Modern Classical design, good craftsmanship and materials such as:

-Its formal symmetrical massing that consists of a two-storey, flat-roofed structure whose front and rear facades are composed of seven bays divided by pilasters, with the narrower center bay marked by monumental piers and a projecting roof line.
-Its tripartite organization of the exterior achieved by the use of materials with red brick walls which are distinct from the white basement storey, while an entablature is suggested by the cast stone string course below the copper coping.
-Its decorative brickwork and cast stone ornamentation found in the recessed brinck panels on the side elevations and over the main door, and in the string course, window sills, and prominent door surround of cast stone.
-Its main entrance bi-fold wood door and ornamental fanlight.

The manner in which Building 67 is a prominent landmark within Naden as evidenced by:

-The building’s prominent location on a rise above the main route into Naden.
-The building’s relationship to the parade square.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


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Function - Category and Type



Military Support

Architect / Designer




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




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