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Harrington’s Store (15)

Dawson, Yukon, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1989/05/11

Rear façade of Harrington's Store (15), showing the wood frame construction, 1987.; Department of the Environment / Ministère de l'Environnement, 1987.
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View of the main entrance to Harrington's Store (15), showing the square-sided oriel window placed at the salient angle, the richly ornamented double front door, and the painted cove siding, 1987.; Department of the Environment / Ministère de l'Environnement, 1987.
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Other Name(s)

Harrington’s Store (15)
Harrington's Store, Building 15
Magasin Harrington, édifice 15

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Construction Date(s)

1902/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/08/05

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Harrington’s Store, also known as Building 15, is located at the corner of a major intersection in Dawson City. This two-storey commercial building is of wood-frame construction and has a flat roof. The building has Italianate architectural features, such as a boxed cornice, paneled frieze and a square sided, oriel window located at the corner angle above the richly ornamented, double door entrance. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Harrington’s Store is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value
Harrington’s Store is associated with the development of Dawson City as a supply, service and distribution centre during and following the Gold Rush. It is also associated with the city’s development as a territorial capital.

Architectural Value
Harrington’s Store is valued for its good aesthetic design. The building is characterized by its Italianate architectural treatment and its good craftsmanship, including the richly ornamented double front door and the painted cove shiplap siding.

Environmental Value
Harrington’s Store maintains an unchanged relationship to Third Avenue and Princess Street. The building reinforces the Gold Rush character of its commercial streetscape setting and is a well-known building to residents and visitors of Dawson City.

Sources: Joan Mattie, Twenty-two Dawson structures, Dawson, Yukon, Heritage Character Statement, 88-012; Harrington’s Store, Dawson, Yukon, Heritage Character Statement, 88-012.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of Harrington’s Store should be respected.

Its good aesthetic design, materials and craftsmanship, for example:
-the Italianate architectural treatment, particularly the boxed cornice and panelled frieze, the square-sided oriel window placed at the salient angle, the richly ornamented double front door, and the painted cove siding;
-the interior plan with second floor rooms accessed by a flight of stairs rising to a single door on the Princess Street elevation;
-the wood frame construction.

The manner in which Harrington’s Store maintains an unchanged relationship to its site, reinforces the Gold Rush character of its commercial streetscape setting and is a well-known building in Dawson, as evidenced by:
-its ongoing historic relationship to the corner of Third Avenue and Princess Street, given the proximity of the building to the lot lines and boardwalk;
-the awnings along both principal elevations and the dressed show windows, which contribute to the Gold Rush character of the streetscape;
-the Italianate architectural treatment and wood-frame construction which complements the adjacent commercial buildings;
-its familiarity within the community, given its use as a drop-in centre, temporary visitor reception centre, and exhibition hall;
-its visibility given its prominent location at a major Dawson intersection.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1989/05/11

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

3204

Status

Published

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