Criteria for Heritage Designation

General criteria employed when assessing the possible heritage value of a particular building include:

Heritage Criteria
  1. Architectural Criteria
    1. Style/Type:
      Is the building's style representative of one of the City's significant development periods? Is the building associated with a significant industrial, institutional, commercial or transportation activity?
    2. Design:
      Are the buildings notable or special attributes of an aesthetic or functional nature? These may include massing, proportion, materials, detail, fenestration, ornamentation, artwork, functional layout, landmark status or symbolic value.
    3. Construction:
      Does the building use unique or uncommon building materials, or an early or innovative method of construction.
    4. Design/Builder:
      Did the buildings architect, designer, engineer or builder make a significant contribution to the City, province or nation?
  2. Historical Criteria
    1. Historical Association:
      Does the building have a direct association with a person, group, institution, event or activity that is of historical significance to the City, province or nation?
    2. Historical Pattern:
      Is the building associated with broad patterns of local history, including development and settlement patterns, early or important transportation routes, or social, political or economic trends and activities? Urban street pattern and infrastructure are considered.
  3. Integrity
    How would changes to the building affect its style, design, construction or character?