233 Main Street, Oxbow, Saskatchewan, S0C, Canada
Royal Bank building
Links and documents
1905/01/01 to 1905/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Greer Block is a Municipal Heritage Property occupying three commercial lots on a prominent corner in Oxbow's central business district. The property features a two-storey, brick-and-stone office building.
The heritage value of the Greer Block lies in its status as one of the oldest and largest brick office buildings in the Town of Oxbow. Constructed in 1905, the two-storey Greer Block was constructed by one of the town's first businessmen, W.A. Greer. Built to house the Royal Bank and Post Office on the main floor, the building also became the location of choice for other professional offices in the community.
The heritage value of the Greer Block also lies in its architecture. Blending Romanesque Revival and Classical Revival architectural styles, the red brick building features a projecting brick cornice and parapet wall, rusticated stone base, rounded arch windows and a striking entryway with stone columns on each side. The entryway is topped by a rounded brick archway highlighted by unique "stripes" of white brick which radiate out from the arch across the entry façade. The prestigious nature of the building was perpetuated inside through the use of six different patterns of pressed tin ceiling and a wide central oak staircase to the second floor. Prominently located on the main intersection of the community's central business district, the building continues to serve as a space for professional offices in the town.
Town of Oxbow Bylaw No. 10-85.
The heritage value of the Greer Block resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements which reflect the Romanesque Revival architectural style, including rounded arch window and door openings, rusticated stone base and brick cornice;
-those elements which reflect the Classical Revival architectural style, including corner accents on the cornice and columns marking the doorway;
-the unique entry façade with the multi-coloured brick banding and inset stone columns;
-those elements which reflect the prestigious nature of the original office building, including prominent central oak staircase and decorative pressed tin ceilings.
Local Governments (SK)
Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)
Municipal Heritage Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Office or Office Building
- Multiple Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation
Heritage Resources Branch
1919 Saskatchewan Drive
File: MHP 889
Cross-Reference to Collection