Building A-74 (Maple Mess)
Maple Mess A-74
Mess Maple A-74
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Building A-74 (Maple Mess) is located immediately east of the base airfield at the Canadian Forces Base Borden. It is a single-storey, hipped roof structure with a multiple-winged plan. The walls of the building are clad in oversize brick and the windows are treated in varying configurations. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Building A-74 (Maple Mess) is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Building A-74 (Maple Mess) at Canadian Forces Base (C.F.B) Borden is associated with the rapid development of wartime training, personnel assembly and equipment testing in the Second World War. Built as a support facility, it also acted as a major marshalling point for military units and equipment from central and western Canada in preparation for conflict in Europe.
The Building A-74 (Maple Mess) is a good example of a military structure with a multiple-winged plan and good functional design. Among many plans at C.F.B. Borden, this configuration is unique, since it comprises a central pavilion with two wings projecting at 45-degree angles to a landscaped front forecourt and circular driveway. Good craftsmanship is evidenced in the building’s masonry.
The Building A-74 (Maple Mess) at CFB Borden reinforces the present character of its military setting and is a familiar building on the base.
Sources: Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report (SCR), 94-088. Maple Mess, Building A-74, Camp Borden, C.F.B. Borden, Ontario, Heritage Character Statement, 94-088.
The character-defining elements of the Building A-74 (Maple Mess) should be respected.
Its multiple-winged plan, functional design and good craftsmanship, for example:
- its intricate plan consisting of two Y-shaped layouts joined by their tails;
- its symmetrical main and rear elevations;
- its oversize brick cladding and multi-paned window treatments in their varying configurations;
- its roof profiles and chimneys and the details of the main and rear entrances.
The manner in which the Building A-74 (Maple Mess) reinforces the present character of its military setting and is a familiar building on the base, as evidenced by:
- its compatible design, materials and landscaping within a complex, comprised of barracks, sport facilities and airfield structures located immediately east of the base airfield;
- its visibility and familiarity vis-à-vis its pivotal location on the base and its use for food services and administrative support.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Military Support
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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