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Canadian National Railway Station

341 Stadacona Street E, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, S6H, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2002/04/08

Exterior photo, east aspect; Government of Saskatchewan - James Winkel
Canadian National Railway Station - Moose Jaw, SK
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Other Name(s)

Canadian National Railway Station
Canadian National Rail Depot
Sahara Spa

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/08/30

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Moose Jaw Canadian National Railway (CNR) Station is a Municipal Heritage Property consisting of one city block alongside the CNR line in Moose Jaw. The designation applies to a large, brick building located at 341 Stradacona Street East near the city’s downtown core constructed in 1919.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the CNR Station lies in its association with the establishment and expansion of railway branch lines in western Canada. Built and designed in 1919 by Winnipeg architect John Schoefield, who later became CN’s Chief Architect in 1942, the station’s presence challenged the monopoly of the existing Canadian Pacific Railway Station a few blocks away. The CNR station was among the first constructed by the company after it replaced two other national rail line companies, the Grand Trunk Pacific and Canadian Northern in 1920. After its completion the station represented the company’s confidence and permanency in the city and its commitment of further rail line expansion into southern Saskatchewan.

The heritage value of the Moose Jaw CNR Station also lies in its architecture. The building is symmetrical with a two-storey central block, flanked by matching one-storey wings to the north and south. The building also contains symmetrically placed windows and loading doors that speak to the site’s use as a rail station. The restrained use of ornamentation is indicative of Schoefields work with other CNR buildings throughout his tenure with the company. The use of Claybank brick and tyndal stone as the primary building materials also add to the significance of the site.

Sources: City of Moose Jaw Bylaw No. 5158.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of Moose Jaw’s Canadian National Railway Station lies in the following character defining elements:

- Elements that speak to the Beaux-Arts influence in its architectural style such as the central, two-storey block and adjacent one-storey wings;

- The restrained ornamentation;

- The general symmetry of the building including the evenly spaced loading doors and windows;

- The use of Claybank brick and tyndal stone as the primary building materials.

Elements that speak to the building’s original use as a CNR station.

Interior elements typical of this style including: the bilateral symmetry of the floor plan; central staircase, door and window detailing.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

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

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

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Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building


Station or Other Rail Facility

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK MHP 1559

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 1559



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