Description of Historic Place
The Engineering Office, also known as Building 28, faces a large, open yard in the Bear Creek Compound, a historic, non-operating, placer gold mining facility in the Klondike River valley. The two-storey, wood-frame building is clad with horizontal wood siding and topped by a metal gable roof with a rooftop ventilator. The front elevation of the building links to an adjacent warehouse to the east, and a concrete addition, is set back on the west side. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Engineering Office is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Engineering Office, as part of the Bear Creek Compound, is closely associated with the corporate phase of Yukon’s gold mining history. The building provided offices, records space, a drafting area, and other amenities for engineers, geologists, accountants, and others working at the mining facility. Relocated from the Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation’s Arlington camp in 1940, the Engineering Office also illustrates the changes brought about following the renewal and expansion program of the 1930s.
The Engineering Office is valued for its good, simple aesthetic. The functional nature of its design consists of a rectangular structure whose front elevation extends into a one-storey wood-frame link to Warehouse 1 to the east, and a two-storey, concrete vault set back on the west side. The building’s good workmanship is demonstrated in its wood-frame construction clad in the appropriate materials such as the horizontal wood siding and the metal, gable roof.
The Engineering Office 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; Engineering Office (28) (Building #28), Bear Creek Compound, Yukon, Heritage Character Statement, 89-008.
The character-defining elements of the Engineering Office 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 its rectangular shape, its gable roof, its grey wood horizontal siding, its corrugated metal roof covering, its rooftop ventilator, and its wood-frame structure;
- the arrangement and detailing of its doors and windows;
- its comfortable relationship – due to its form, materials, detailing, and colour scheme – with the other structures and landscape features of the site, particularly the adjacent Warehouse No. 1 (Building 27).