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Memorial Hall

304 Main Street, Welwyn, Saskatchewan, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2008/09/19

View of the entrance to the hall from the east, 2009.; Clint Robertson, 2009.
Front Entrance
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Other Name(s)

Memorial Hall
Legion Hall
Welwyn Village Office

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1948/01/01 to 1948/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/03/22

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Memorial Hall is a Municipal Heritage Property located on Main Street in the Village of Welwyn. The property features a two-storey, wood-frame and stucco-clad building constructed in 1948. The short front portion of the building features a hip roof, while the long rear portion has a curved roof.

Heritage Value

The Welwyn Memorial Hall is of heritage value as one of the oldest structures in the village. Built in 1948, it is one of just six buildings in the community built prior to 1950. It is also the oldest building in the village that was built for community use. Architecturally modest but functional, the hall was constructed to serve as the social centre of the community. It was designed to serve multiple functions, including use as a movie theatre and the home of the local branch of the Canadian Legion and Ladies Auxiliary. During the early years, the building was in continuous use for community dances and hosted four movie screenings a week. Today, the hall continues to serve as a community gathering place.

The Memorial Hall is also of heritage value due to its symbolic importance as the result of great community effort and cooperation. Planning and fundraising for the hall’s construction began in 1945 and continued for three years. Over this period, shares were sold to community members, and numerous dances, sports days, raffles and lunches were held to raise funds. People of the district also donated their labour to erect the building.

Source:

Village of Welwyn Bylaw No. 258/08.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Memorial Hall resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements related to the use of the property as a community gathering space, such as the open character of its main floor space, the hardwood dance floor, projection booth and stage.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Saskatchewan

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

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

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date

2008/09/19

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Community Organizations

Function - Category and Type

Current

Government
Town or City Hall

Historic

Leisure
Auditorium, Cinema or Nightclub
Leisure
Recreation Centre

Architect / Designer

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Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File No: MHP 2373

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 2373

Status

Published

Related Places

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