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Wadena Town Office

102 Main Street, Wadena, Saskatchewan, S0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1986/10/06

Front and side of Wadena Town Office featuring its decorative front entry way, 1987.; Government of Saskatchewan, F. Korvemaker, 1987
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Other Name(s)

Wadena Town Office
Wadena Post Office

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Construction Date(s)

1938/01/01 to 1938/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/12/24

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Wadena Town Office is a Municipal Heritage Property situated on two municipal lots in the Town of Wadena. The designation applies to a one-storey, brick-clad building at 102 Main Street, the town’s main thoroughfare.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Wadena Town Office lies in its connection to the establishment of governance in the community. The structure was built in 1938 by the Dominion government to serve as both a Post Office and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) station. Located on the prominent corner of Main Street and 1st Avenue, the modern style and brick materials combine to convey a sense of permanency and security, an image desired by the government during the interwar period. The building was purchased by the Town of Wadena in 1971 for use as its office, continuing the role of the building as a prominent government institution in the community.

The heritage value of the property also lies in its architecture. Designed by architect Charles Sutherland of the federal Department of Public Works, the building is a rare surviving example of the short-lived style of small public buildings in Canada constructed during the 1930s. The building design follows the Art Deco style, but also contains many elements of Classical design; a combination which projects simplicity, security and permanency. The unadorned nature of the design, combined with minimal interior office space, resulted in a striking building at a moderate cost; an important consideration during the period. The use of this design for federal government buildings stopped with the advent of World War II and never resumed. The distinctive style of the building makes it a landmark in the community.

Source:

Town of Wadena Bylaw No. 16/86.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Wadena Town Office resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those features associated with the establishment of governance in the community of Wadena, such as the location of the building on its original site, the flagpole, date stone, and clock;
-those architectural features that represent the Art Deco style mixed with Classical elements, such as its stepped parapet, raised front entrance, stylized double front entry doors, symmetrical façade with double-hung windows, Tyndall Stone door surrounds and window ledges, inscription slab, and the use of decorative header bricks that band the building at several levels.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Saskatchewan

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date

1986/10/06

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1972/01/01 to 1972/12/31

Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Government and Institutions

Function - Category and Type

Current

Government
Town or City Hall

Historic

Government
Police Station
Government
Post Office
Health and Research
Hospital or Other Health Care Institution

Architect / Designer

Sutherland, Charles D.

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Saskatchewan Tourism Parks Culture and Sport 9th Floor - 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK S4P 4H2

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 890

Status

Published

Related Places

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