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Rocanville Farmers Building

620 Railway Avenue, Rocanville, Saskatchewan, S0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1997/02/19

Front exterior view of Rocanville Farmers Building, 2003; Government of Saskatchewan, J. Kasperski, 2003.
Rocanville Farmers Building
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Other Name(s)

Rocanville Farmers Building
D & K Ventures

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Construction Date(s)

1919/01/01 to 1919/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/09/20

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Rocanville Farmers Building is a Municipal Heritage Property which occupies three lots on the corner of Railway Avenue and Ellice Street in the town of Rocanville. The property features a two-storey brick commercial building constructed in 1919.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Rocanville Farmers Building lies in its representation of the cooperative effort to construct a multi-purpose building to serve the community. By the mid-1910s, there was a noticeable need in Rocanville for office space, meeting rooms and commercial space. However, no single individual had the financial resources needed to build a large building to accommodate all these facilities. As a result, a group of local farmers, residents and business owners formed the Rocanville Farmers Limited and raised the capital to construct a multi-purpose building with a brick exterior, decorative cornice, parapet and pilasters.

The heritage value of the Rocanville Farmers Building also lies in its multi-purpose use. The multi-purpose design is evident through the multiple entrances, wide ground level windows and interior divisions. Initially, the Farmers Building accommodated the municipal offices, a bank, community meeting room, doctor's office, lawyer's office, pharmacy, reading room, smoking room and ladies waiting room. Over the years, the building housed a variety of businesses and organizations, such as the telephone office and a lawyer's office and was even used as a classroom for a short time. In the 1960s the upper floor was converted to residential suites. The Rocanville Farmers Limited sold the building to private owners in 1976. Situated at a key intersection, the Rocanville Farmers Building continues to be a place to do business and to socialize for the residents of the community.


Town of Rocanville Bylaw No. 97-1.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Rocanville Farmers Building resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements reflecting the building's multi-purpose use, including the multiple entrances, balcony forming a canopy over the front entrances, storefront windows, signage, and the main floor vault;
-those elements reflecting the building's architecture, including the articulated parapet, cornice, brick exterior, and pilasters;
-the building's location on the corner of Railway Avenue and Ellice Street.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

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

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building


Multiple Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: MHP 1858

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 1858



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