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Former Land Titles Building

291 23rd Street E, Battleford, Saskatchewan, S0M, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1982/04/05

Looking southeast at front and side elevations, 1979.; Government of Saskatchewan, Frank Korvemaker, 1979.
Front and Side Elevations
Detailed image of front façade, 2003.; Government of Saskatchewan, Jennifer Bisson, 2003.
Front façade
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Other Name(s)

Former Land Titles Building
Land Titles Office

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1907/01/01 to 1908/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/07/27

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Former Land Titles Building is a Municipal Heritage Property occupying one civic lot on 23rd Street West in the Town of Battleford. Situated on landscaped grounds, the property features a one-storey, brick-and-stone office building completed in 1908, with a 1914 addition.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Former Land Titles Building resides in its architecture, which is representative of the Georgian Classical style that was common for the early public buildings constructed in the province. Designed by the prominent Toronto architectural firm of Darling and Pearson during their brief tenure as provincial architects, this building was one of a series of land titles offices that were constructed throughout the province prior to the First World War. Though smaller than its contemporaries in larger centres, the building's monumental proportions projected an image of strength, permanency, and modernity desired by the province. More opulent than the original 1877 structure that it replaced, its prominent entablature, fan-shaped windows, symmetrical façade, and decorative stone entrance way reflect a Georgian Classical style. The sharp contrasts between the brick-and-stone finishing materials, as well as the quoining, also add to the building's monumental stature. Its interior elements, such as the vaulted ceilings and rich woodwork, contribute to its sense of prestige, as does its siting several metres back from the street on landscaped grounds. In 1914, the increasingly busy office received a sympathetically-styled rear annex, which also helped accommodate the district land records that had been relocated from the original land registry office. The building served as a land titles office for the Battleford district until 1981.


Town of Battleford Bylaw No. 3/82.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Former Land Titles Building resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those features that reflect the building's Georgian Classical style of architecture, such as its symmetrical façade, metal cornice, Tyndall Stone frieze, architrave, fan-shaped windows with keystone detailing, and the carved stone pilasters and lintels that surround the decorative entrance way;
-those elements that speak to the building's sense of prestige, including its massing and proportions, the stone quoining, the brick-and-Tyndall Stone façade, and stone detailing;
-those features that speak to its role as a land titles office, such as the Saskatchewan provincial crest and signage over the main entrance, and the vaulted ceilings;
-its siting on landscaped grounds.




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

Governing Canada
Government and Institutions

Function - Category and Type


Office or office building


Architect / Designer

Darling and Pearson


T.H. Robertson of Saskatchewan Building Company

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: MHP 1264

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 1264



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