Virginia Moore Farm
Ferme Virginia Moore
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Stable at the Virginia Moore Farm is prominently situated on an open crest of land on a property of ninety-six acres in the western section of the city of Gatineau, Hull sector. Part of a group of six farm buildings, the large, H-shaped stable features numerous gables and a central cupola with a pyramidal roof. Features of note include round-headed windows and decorative finials. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Stable is a Recognized Federal Heritage building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Stable illustrates the theme of genteel working estates that arose on the outskirts of Canadian cities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The farm shows the influence of the English country estate tradition and is associated with the development of agriculture in the area.
The Stable is valued for its very good aesthetic design, and is a rare example of a stable built in the Queen Anne Revival style. Few stables of this style have survived and few of this stature are known. The good functional design is seen in the interior configuration with stalls, aisles and passages. The design emphasizes the picturesque massing of its numerous gables and central cupola. Good craftsmanship is exhibited in the ornamental kingpost gables and the ventilation cupola.
The Stable maintains an unchanged relationship to its site, reinforces the agricultural character of its farm site and is well known to passers by. The structure is also a well-known local landmark.
Sources: Edgar Tumak, Six Buildings, Virginia Moore Farm, Boulevard Alexandre Taché, Hull, Quebec, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office, Report 90-071; Stable, Virginia Moore Farm, Boulevard Alexandre Taché, Hull, Quebec, Heritage Character Statement 90-071.
The character-defining elements of the Stable should be respected.
Its very good aesthetic, functional design and good quality materials and craftsmanship
- the large H-shaped massing with gabled roof;
- the timber construction and tongue and groove clad exterior;
- the ornamental kingpost treatment of the numerous gables;
- the central ventilation cupola with its louvred sides pyramidal roof and miniature gables;
- the placement of the doors and large round-topped windows;
- the interior configuration with stalls, aisles and passages.
The manner in which the Stable maintains an unchanged relationship to its site, reinforces the agricultural character of the Virginia Moore Farm and is a landmark as evidenced by:
- the building's on-going relationship with adjacent, barnyard structures;
- the design and form, which complement the location in a farm setting;
- the structure's visibility to passing traffic, and its prominent profile on a crest of land that make it a familiar local landmark.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Food Supply
- Barn, Stable or Other Animal Housing
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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