Log Skyscrapers - Whitehorse, Yukon
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 60° 43.085 W 135° 03.152
8V E 497133 N 6731387
Quick Description: These log skyscrapers are the only buildings of this type in Canada and their architectural significance lies in their unusual appearance.
Location: Yukon Territory, Canada
Date Posted: 6/29/2020 2:50:03 PM
Waymark Code: WM12Q1N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 3

Long Description:
Description of Historic Place:

"The Log Skyscrapers are a municipally designated site consisting of two multi-storied log buildings and single lot at 208 Lambert Street in downtown Whitehorse, Yukon.

Heritage Value:

Log Skyscraper One, Log Skyscraper Two and lot are municipally designated for their historic and architectural significance.

The Log Skyscrapers are associated with events during and immediately after WWII, when Yukon transportation systems were being redeveloped and the City of Whitehorse was quickly growing to become the capital city. During the war, a large influx of military personnel and construction workers arrived to work on three major construction projects; the Alaska Highway, the North West Staging Route airports and the Canol Pipeline. After WWII, housing continued to be at a premium as Whitehorse expanded as the hub of Yukon's transportation system. Builder Martin Berrigan responded to the need in 1947 by constructing the Log Skyscrapers, the first privately built multiple-dwelling rental accommodation in Whitehorse. The Log Skyscrapers are in their original location, and continue to provide residences in an increasingly commercial neighborhood.

These two buildings are the only buildings of this type in Canada and their architectural significance lies in their unusual appearance. The multi-storied log construction has given them landmark status within the Yukon Territory. The cantilevered balconies with their pole railings, combined with the extended eaves of the low pitched roofs create a wrap-around, hanging, open lattice enveloping the upper floors.

Source: Minutes from the City of Whitehorse Heritage Advisory Committee, July 20, 1999.
City of Whitehorse Bylaw 99-63

Character-Defining-Elements:

The multi-storied height of the buildings
- Exposed log construction
- Floor joist system, cantilevered wraparound balconies with pole railings
- Each floor level having a separate exterior entrance from tiered balconies interconnected by exterior stairs
- Low pitched gable roof, with eaves extending over balconies
- Roof framing system
- Repetitive fenestration on each floor
- Placement of the two buildings on the lot
- Skyscraper 2 has a street level entrance with minimal setback from the sidewalk"

Reference: (visit link)

Personal Observations:

I sure did a double take when I came face to face with these log skyscrapers. At first, I thought, how can they resist the winds and winter storms, but then, I came to learn that these buildings were built almost immediately after World War II. Some of the residents who built these building may have acquired their building and construction skills in support of the war effort. That the buildings have lasted to this day is a testament to the builders' resourcefulness and ingenuity. These buildings deserve to be protected and maintained.
Official Heritage Registry: [Web Link]

Address:
208 Lambert Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A, Canada


Heritage Registry Page Number: Not listed

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