Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office

Evaluation Criteria

Environment

Site
What is the integrity of the historical relationship between the building and its associated landscape?
A. Unchanged (10)
B. Changed and character retained (6)
C. Changed and character heavily altered (4)
D. Character destroyed (0)

Setting
What is the influence of the building on the present character of the area with which it is associated?
A. Establishes present character (20)
B. Reinforces present character (11)
C. Compatible with present character (8)
D. Negative influence (0)

Landmark
What is the nature of the building's identity within the community?
A. Symbol of city/ region (15)
B. Conspicuous or familiar - city/ region (8)
C. Conspicuous or familiar - neighbourhood (5)
D. Not conspicuous or familiar (0)


Explanatory Notes

Environment

The three criteria "Site", "Setting" and "Landmark" are intended to measure the present-day role of the building in the community's streetscape.

Site

"What is the integrity of the historical relationship between the building and its associated landscape?"

This criterion measures the degree to which the immediate environment enhances and strengthens the building. The associated landscape is normally that contained within the property lines and over which the owner has control. For some urban buildings, the evaluation may be limited to the interface between the building and the adjacent sidewalk or public space. Integrity is judged by considering the original or historic treatment in relation to the nature of what exists today.

Setting

"What is the influence of the building on the present character of the area with which it is associated?"

This criterion measures the influence of the building on its streetscape or surroundings, to be interpreted as broader than the limited space referred to under "Site". The "present character of the area" should be considered in an urban design sense, as well as in terms of building types. The character of urban space may be homogeneous or heterogeneous, depending on circumstances. The FHBRO will have to decide, in the case of complexes, how they wish to define "area".

Landmark

"What is the nature of the building"s identity within the community?"

This criterion evaluates the importance of a building to the community. While it is partially a matter of physical landmark (i.e. a prominent church spire) it also applies to the symbolic value of a building to the community as a whole.