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Government of Canada Building

4904 - 50th (Ross) Street, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1993/12/16

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Other Name(s)

Government of Canada Building
Government of Canada Building at Red Deer
Édifice du gouvernement du Canada à Red Deer

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Construction Date(s)

1950/01/01 to 1951/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/01/23

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.

Heritage Value

The Government of Canada Building is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.

Historical Value:
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.

Architectural Value:
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.

Environmental Value:
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.

Character-Defining Elements

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.




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)


Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type


Office or office building


Architect / Designer

Chief Architect’s Branch, Department of Public Works



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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