Fort Rodd Hill, Canteen
Miscellaneous Buildings, Canteen
Bâtiments divers, cantine
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Fort Rodd Hill, Canteen sits on the southern edge of an open field within Fort Rodd Hill. The flat roofed structure has low rectangular massing and a prominent chimney. The front elevation has three windows and an off-centre front door under a sloped porch. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Fort Rodd Hill, Canteen is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Fort Rodd Hill, Canteen is a very good example of a structure associated with the original construction of Fort Rodd Hill, a defensive structure for the west coast. It is indirectly related to the theme of active military defence through its continued role in catering to the recreational needs of the men stationed at Fort Rodd Hill.
The Fort Rodd Hill, Canteen is a good example of a functional early 20th century design intended for the relaxation of military personnel. The basic construction contributes to an overall expression of simplicity and functionality in both design and craftsmanship. Good craftsmanship is evident on the wood porch and plastered concrete structure. Distinctive, patterned painting around the windows and the doors add to its aesthetic appeal.
The Fort Rodd Hill, Canteen is unchanged on its open site and is at an important crossroads for access to all the batteries. It is prominent within the fort complex and continues to reinforce the military character of the site.
Joan Mattie, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgarde Light station, 603, Fort Rodd Hill Road, Colwood, B.C. Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 96-096; Canteen, 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road, Colwood, British Columbia, Heritage Character Statement 96-096.
The character-defining elements of the Fort Rodd Hill, Canteen should be respected.
Its functional design and good quality materials and craftsmanship for example:
-the simple, single-storey flat roofed rectangular massing of the plastered concrete structure with its prominent chimney;
-the concrete formwork with plaster finish features, including the rounded edges at openings and projecting sills;
-the sloped porch, with its exposed rafters, roof sheathing, and five wood posts with chamfered edges;
-the wooden, four over four sash windows;
-the layout and planning;
-the distinctive patterned painting around windows and doors.
The manner in which the Fort Rodd Hill, Canteen reinforces the present character of the Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site as evidenced by:
-the building’s open site at an important crossroads that affords access to all the Batteries makes it prominent within the fort complex.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Historic or Interpretive Site
- Military Support
Architect / Designer
British Royal Engineers
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection