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Ambroz Blacksmith Shop and Residence

115 Third Street, Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Mossbank, Saskatchewan, S0H, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2003/09/26

Front façade of the Ambroz Blacksmith Shop, 2004; Government of Saskatchewan, Calvin Fehr, 2004
Ambroz Blacksmith Shop
Hearth and tools inside the Ambroz Blacksmith Shop, 2004; Government of Saskatchewan, Calvin Fehr, 2004
Interior of Ambroz Blacksmith Shop
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Other Name(s)

Ambroz Blacksmith Shop and Residence
Wiseman Blacksmith Shop

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1920/01/01 to 1920/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/04/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Ambroz Blacksmith Shop and Residence is a Provincial Heritage Property occupying one lot in the Town of Mossbank. The property features a one-storey, wood-frame blacksmith shop clad in embossed metal, a residence and three small outbuildings.

Heritage Value

The primary heritage value of the Ambroz Blacksmith Shop and Residence lies in its status as the oldest known, fully furnished blacksmith shop still on its original site in Saskatchewan. Originally constructed around 1920, the shop was purchased by Polish immigrant Frank Ambroz in 1928. For the following 60 years, Ambroz operated the shop and lived with his family on the property. The existence of the family residence, and three associated outbuildings, form a rare example of a 1920's family business complex in Saskatchewan.

The heritage value of the Ambroz Blacksmith Shop also lies in its association with blacksmithing, an industry that played a vital role in Saskatchewan's development. Blacksmiths manufactured horse shoes and wagon parts, developed new and innovative tools to assist in the development of the railroad, and manufactured and repaired farm implements during the province's settlement period. The heritage value of the property is enhanced by the existence of the original blacksmithing tools used by Ambroz on the site.

The heritage value of the Ambroz Blacksmith Shop also lies in its architecture. The shop's vernacular style, embossed metal exterior, false front and sliding door opening to the street are representative of similar main street commercial structures constructed throughout Saskatchewan.


Sources:

Province of Saskatchewan, Notice of Intention to Designate as Provincial Heritage Property under the Heritage Property Act, September 26, 2003.

Province of Saskatchewan, Order Designating as Provincial Heritage Property under the Heritage Property Act, June 20, 2003.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Ambroz Blacksmith Shop and residence resides in the following character-defining elements:
-the small form and scale of the site buildings and the location of the shop, house and outbuildings on their original sites;
-those elements that reflect the site's use as a blacksmith shop, such as the foundry, diesel generator, and blacksmithing tools;
-those elements that reflect the building's vernacular architectural style including the false front, embossed metal siding and sliding door.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Saskatchewan

Recognition Authority

Government of Saskatchewan

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 39(1)

Recognition Type

Provincial Heritage Property

Recognition Date

2003/09/26

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1928/01/01 to 1988/12/31

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Technology and Engineering

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Industry
Metal Products Manufacturing Facility

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: PHP 1626

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

PHP 1626

Status

Published

Related Places

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