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Voysey Farmhouse Site

Spy Hill RM 152, Saskatchewan, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2007/07/11

View from the north, 2009.; Clint Robertson, 2009.
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Other Name(s)

Voysey Farmhouse Site
Spy Hill Farmhouse

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Construction Date(s)

1917/01/01 to 1917/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/03/22

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Voysey Farmhouse Site is a Municipal Heritage Property located in the Rural Municipality of Spy Hill No. 152, 0.8 kilometres east of the Village of Spy Hill. The property features a tree-sheltered farmstead containing a 1917 Foursquare-style wood-frame and red-brick veneer farmhouse distinguished by its use of buff-coloured brick detailing.

Heritage Value

The Voysey Farmhouse Site is of heritage value as the home of one of the community’s earliest settlers, John Voysey (1867-1945) and his family. Voysey homesteaded on an adjacent quarter-section of land in about 1895 and farmed until his death. John and his wife Margaret were active community members, with John serving on the school board, as a United Grain Growers member and running the local beef ring. Margaret was a member of the Ladies Aid and Women’s Missionary Society as well as an active church member and Sunday school teacher. The farm was owned by their son Alexander until his death in 2006. Alexander had resided in the house until the early 1980s.

The Voysey Farmhouse is also valued as a well-known architectural landmark in the community. Unlike the majority of houses built in the area at the time, the Foursquare-style Voysey farmhouse was constructed of brick and was substantial in size and character, containing five bedrooms. The red-brick house is exuberantly detailed with buff-coloured brick at corners, above the doors and windows, at the cornice, in banding and in the window sills. Also distinguishing the house is the full-width front veranda and bay window. Located just 0.8 kilometres from the village of Spy Hill, it is well-known to community members.


R.M. of Spy Hill No. 152 Bylaw No. 1-2007.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Voysey Farmhouse Site resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements of the farmhouse related to its architecture, such as its wood-frame construction with red-brick cladding and buff-coloured brick detailing, rectangular two-storey form with rectangular one-storey rear extension, the hip roof with flat top, wood shingle-clad, gable-roof dormers and closed tongue-and-groove eaves, the open, full-width front veranda with turned supports, a bay window, and one-over-one wooden sash windows;
-contextual elements of the site, such as the placement of the house on its original location and the tree-sheltered farmstead.




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

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




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 2339

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 2339



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