Warehouse Building D85
Links and documents
1898/01/01 to 1899/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Building D85 is a large, functional brick building with a gable roof, located on the shore of Constance Cove and surrounded by the City of Victoria. Its rectangular form features simple decorations and exhibits Classical influences in its design. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Building D85 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
Building D85 is associated with the theme of Canada’s naval history in the period of both the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy. It illustrates the internal function of a naval station as it provided the storage of materials needed for the daily operation of a fleet of ships.
Building D85 is a good example of a functional structure that exhibits a Classical sense of proportion and symmetry. Its design is typical of nineteenth century industrial architecture. The functionalism of its design is enhanced by its simple but elegant details. It is a well crafted building and exhibits solid workmanship.
The Environmental Value
The Naval Dockyard was traditionally an area with a high concentration of warehouses and stores to serve the ships in the port. The warehouse buildings are a large, homogenous part of the dockyard. Building D85, as part of this complex of warehouses, is compatible with the character of the dockyard setting.
Sally Coutts, Warehouse D85, Esquimalt Dockyard, Victoria, British Columbia, Federal Heritage Building Report, 85-001.
Building D85, Esquimalt Dockyard, Victoria, British Columbia, Heritage Character Statement, 95-120.
The following character defining elements of Building D85 should be respected, for example:
Its functional design and quality craftsmanship and materials such as:
-Its large, two-storey brick structure with a gable roof.
-Its timber-frame supported by wooden trusses.
-Its slightly raised brick pilasters that divide the west and east facades into bays.
-Its evenly spaced segmental arch windows and the brick corbelling along the eaves.
-Its oculus in the gable end of the north and south facades.
-Its double doors on each level and in the basement area.
The manner in which Building D85 as part of the complex of warehouses is compatible with the character of the dockyard setting evidenced by:
-Its large scale, design and materials which harmonizes with the complex of warehouses
sited on the shore of Constance Cove.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Military Defence Installation
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection