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Robert and Adele Schmidt's Double Hip Red Barn

Grant RM 372, Saskatchewan, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/12/13

Side view of the barn - east aspect; James Winkel, 2009.
Schmidt Barn
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Other Name(s)

Robert and Adele Schmidt's Double Hip Red Barn
Schmidt Barn

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Construction Date(s)

1917/01/01 to 1917/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/03/23

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Robert and Adele Schmidt’s Double Hip Red Barn is a Municipal Heritage Property located on the home quarter section of Robert Schmidt. The designation is limited to the large, wooden barn on the property. The site is located approximately three kilometres northwest of the Village of Prud’homme in the Rural Municipality of Grant No. 372.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of this property lies in its association with the Schmidt family. Henry Schmidt moved from Ontario to this site in 1903 and built the house in 1910. He established and operated a livestock and grain farm until passing the property onto his son Robert, who still resides on the property.

Heritage value also lies in the historical integrity of the barn. The largest building on the homestead at approximately 372 square metres, the barn was built in the domestic vernacular style by the Schmidt’s in 1917. Constructed entirely of fir hauled by railway from British Columbia, the Schmidt barn, unlike many others of this era, remains intact without a stone or concrete foundation. The barn features a double hip roof, and a main level that includes the original placement of the corrals, sliding doors and manual ventilation system. The hay loft also remains intact on the upper level, with the large doors at both ends of the building and an original, horse-drawn hay sling still operational. For its size and integrity, the barn remains a local landmark.


Rural Municipality of Grant No. 372 Bylaw No. 5/2006.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of Robert and Adele Schmidt’s Double Hip Red Barn resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements associated with the establishment of the Schmidt family on the original homestead, such as the barn’s existence on its original location;
-those architectural elements typical of the domestic vernacular style, such as the double hip roof, placement of the large doors at either end of the loft, placement of the sliding doors on the main level, symmetrical placement of the windows on both levels, and the vented cupola’s on top of the roof axis;
-those elements typical of many barns built across the prairies at the turn of the century, such as its red colour and use of fir as the sole building material.




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
Extraction and Production

Function - Category and Type



Food Supply
Barn, Stable or Other Animal Housing

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 2358 S4P 4H2

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 2358



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