Government of Canada Building
Government of Canada Building at Red Deer
Édifice du gouvernement du Canada à Red Deer
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1950/01/01 to 1951/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Government of Canada Building is prominently located on one of the main intersections of Red Deer’s business district and is adjacent to the cenotaph. It is a two-storey, flat roofed, U-shaped structure with solid rectangular, horizontal massing and a symmetrical main facade featuring a central entrance. Brick and white stone are the dominant materials. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Government of Canada Building is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Government of Canada Building is a very good example of a building created to house expanding post-war federal programs and services in medium-sized cities. The building also reflects the rapid growth of Red Deer and its importance as a regional supply and distribution centre during the 1950s.
The Government of Canada Building in Red Deer is a good example of the Modern Classical style used by Public Works Canada for buildings of this size during the post-war period. Horizontal proportions, symmetry and materials are used to give an effect of monumentality. The building exhibits good quality materials and craftsmanship.
The Government of Canada Building is located at a visually prominent corner and is a local landmark. The building is known as a mail and processing plant. The Government of Canada Building reinforces the present character of its small city setting.
Fern Graham, Government of Canada Building (GOCB), 4904-50th (Ross) Red Deer, Alberta. Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 92-073; Government of Canada Building (GOCB), 4904-50th (Ross) Red Deer, Alberta, Heritage Character Statement 92-073.
The character-defining elements of the Government of Canada Building should be respected:
Its standard Modern Classical design and good quality materials and craftsmanship, for example:
-the flat-roofed, two-storey rectangular form and massing, the windows at two levels and the metal coats of arms over the side entrances;
-the facades executed in smooth red brick with smooth white stone used for the window surrounds and details;
-the regular arrangement of window openings;
-the recessed windows of the façade, set within an almost symmetrical stone framed panel divided by simplified two-storey pilasters;
-the entrances are set at either end of the façade.
The manner in which the Government of Canada Building reinforces the character of downtown Red Deer is a community landmark as evidenced by:
-its prominent downtown setting within the administrative district of Red Deer;
-its high visibility.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Office or office building
Architect / Designer
Chief Architect’s Branch, Department of Public Works
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection