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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Queen Building is set within a park-like landscape bordering Wascana Lake in Regina. The minimally decorated, two-storey building which shows the influence of the Modern movement, features horizontal massing, a flat roof and horizontal bands of windows in the manner of the International Style. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Queen Building is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Queen Building is associated with the increase in spending by the Department of National Defence on permanent military infrastructure during the Cold War. This included the construction of permanent buildings for training and administration. The Queen Building is also associated with the history of the local naval reserve unit HMCS Queen, which was formed in Regina in 1923. It was constructed on prime parkland at the heart of the city, as a concession by the provincial government to the importance of lake access for a naval training facility. As such, it illustrates the appreciation of the importance of military training, at a provincial and local level, during the cold war.
The Queen Building is a very good example of a large institutional building from the 1950s with features borrowed from the International Style. It is a good functional design including a centrally located drill hall, with office, storage, training and support space arranged around the perimeter of the building.
The Queen Building reinforces the present institutional character of the setting. It is a prominent local landmark.
Source: Queen Building, Regina, Saskatchewan, Heritage Character Statement 97-025.
The following character-defining elements of the Queen Building should be respected.
Its International Style influence and good quality materials and craftsmanship, for example:
- its functional design and large size, appropriate to its role as a naval training facility;
- its low, horizontal massing and asymmetrically placed entrance block;
- the horizontal bands of windows, contrasting coloured panels, and relative absence of decoration;
- the centrally located drill hall, with support space arranged around the perimeter of the building;
- the placement of stairwells at the four corners of the building, adjacent to stairwells.
The manner in which the Queen Building reinforces the institutional and park land character of the setting and is a prominent local landmark as evidenced by:
- its long, low profile, surrounded by large expanses of grassland and mature trees;
- its International Style design which complements the surrounding public buildings;
- its visibility and familiarity to residents and military personnel given its prominent location and use as a drill hall.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Armoury or Drill Hall
Architect / Designer
Department of National Defence
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection