Description of Historic Place
Building No. 2 is located in Eastwood Park overlooking Hamilton harbour. It is a low massed building composed of two distinct elements, a massive drill hall with modified gambrel roof and a single-storey administrative block. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Building No. 2 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
Building No. 2, the former Drill Hall, is associated with the Canadian Naval Reserve and also with recruitment and training during the Second World War. The structure was the first permanent barracks constructed solely for the naval reserve.
Building No. 2 demonstrates good aesthetic qualities in a utilitarian, functional design. The juxtaposition of constituent elements, both symmetrical and asymmetrical, contributes to its good aesthetics. Intended as a prototype for Naval Reserve structures, the building demonstrates good craftsmanship and handling of materials.
Building No. 2 is compatible with the present character of the harbour front setting. It is a familiar landmark to local residents, military personnel and visitors.
Fern Graham, Buildings 2, 4, and 5, Canadian Forces Reserve Barracks Hamilton, Catherine Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 90-156.
Building No. 2, Canadian Forces Reserve Barracks, Catherine Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Heritage Character Statement 90-156.
The following character-defining elements of Building No. 2 should be respected:
Its functional design, good quality materials and craftsmanship, for example:
- Its large scale, and linear, ship-like configuration.
- The two distinct elements, the main block containing the drill deck with its modified gambrel roof, and the lower, flat-roofed administrative portion of the building, consisting of rooms representing the parts and functions of a ship, such as commander’s quarters, quarterdeck, and also its asymmetrical stepped-back wings.
- The large troop doors facing the parade ground.
- The steel truss roof structure, and the large, symmetrically arranged multi-pane windows.
The manner in which Building No. 2 is compatible with the harbour setting and is a familiar landmark in the neighbourhood, as evidenced by:
- Its distinctive design and large scale that are in keeping with Hamilton Harbour.
- Its significance to the larger community of naval veterans and the civic community that makes it a well-known landmark.