Description of Historic Place
The Bear Creek Compound, Auto Repair Shop, Building #7 faces a large, open yard in a historic, non-operating, placer gold mining facility in the Klondike River valley. The building is a large, rectangular, wood-frame structure clad in corrugated metal siding with a rear section clad in horizontal wood siding. Both sections are topped by a metal-covered gable roof. The front gable has two pairs of large double doors with diagonal boards and large horseshoe hinges. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Bear Creek Compound, Auto Repair Shop, Building #7 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Bear Creek Compound, Auto Repair Shop, Building #7, as part of the Bear Creek Complex, is associated with the corporate phase of Yukon’s gold mining history, and more particularly the Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation’s (YCGC) renewal and expansion program of the 1930s. The building’s role in the maintenance and repair of the automobiles and trucks used for the YCGC’s placer gold mining operations was one of the key functions of the site, and confirmed the change from horses to motor vehicles after 1919.
The Bear Creek Compound, Auto Repair Shop, Building #7 is valued for its good, simple aesthetic. Its functional design consists of a rectangular structure with a large, open work area in the front and a parts room with two floors at the rear. The building’s good workmanship is demonstrated in its wood-frame construction clad in the appropriate materials such as the corrugated metal and horizontal wood siding and the metal, gable roof.
The Bear Creek Compound, Auto Repair Shop, Building #7 maintains an unchanged relationship to its site and reinforces the character of its industrial setting at the Bear Creek Compound. The structure is familiar to those within the immediate area.
Joan Mattie, Bear Creek Industrial Complex, Bear Creek, Yukon Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 89-008; Auto Repair Shop (Building #7), Bear Creek Compound, Yukon, Heritage Character Statement, 89-008.
The character-defining elements of the Bear Creek Compound, Auto Repair Shop, Building #7 should be respected.
-the simple and functional nature of its design, and its overall good workmanship and appropriate use of materials;
-the features of its form, construction and materials that unify it with the site’s other buildings, including the corrugated metal siding of its front section, the horizontal wood siding-painted grey with white trim-of its rear section, its metal-covered gable roof, and its wood-frame structure;
-the arrangement of its windows and doors, and its double doors with diagonal boards and large horseshoe hinges;
-the functional configuration of the open work area and the two-storey parts room at the rear;
-the interior details that testify to its function as a repair and maintenance shop for automobiles and trucks, such as its reinforced concrete floor, its hoist, and the arrangement of its workbenches;
-its comfortable relationship – due to its form, materials, detailing, and colour scheme – with the other structures and landscape features of the site, in particular
the other trade buildings nearby, such as the Machine Shop (Buildings #1 and #2) and the Cat Repair Shop (Building #8) on either side of it.