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South Star School

Star City RM 428, Saskatchewan, S0E, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1985/12/10

Front Elevation; Government of Saskatchewan, James Winkel, 2004.
South Star School, 2004
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Other Name(s)

South Star School
South Star Community Club
South Star School District No. 1333

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Construction Date(s)

1913/01/01 to 1930/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/03/06

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

South Star School is a Municipal Heritage Property located within the Rural Municipality of Star City No. 428 approximately 12 kilometres south of the Town of Star City. The property features a wood-frame, one-room country school and a small wood-frame house both constructed in 1914, surrounded by a hedgerow.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the South Star School lies in its role as an educational complex. The complex was built in 1914 to serve the educational needs, of the Hamlet of South Star. Constructed following a standard Waterman & Waterbury design, the school building features wood-frame construction, distinctive front dormer and eastside window wall. Like many rural school districts, South Star obtained a design from Waterman and Waterbury, a Minnesota company that provided school plans for school district across the Great Plains. The property also features a small, wood-frame house which once housed the school’s teacher. Many of these once-common structures were destroyed after their associated schools were closed. As such, the South Star teacherage remains one of the few in Saskatchewan standing on its original site. After the school’s closure in 1963, the community chose to retain the complex to commemorate the important role the property, and the thousand of one-room schools like it, made to the educational life of Saskatchewan residents.

The heritage value also lies in its continued use as a community gathering place. The Hamlet of South Star initially grew around the school and, as the first public building, the property became an important venue for local events of all kinds. When the school closed, the South Star Community Club acquired the property and continues to use it for local events.


Rural Municipality of Star City No. 428 Bylaw 2-85.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the South Star School resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements that reflect the property’s use as an educational facility, including the simple wood-frame construction and form of the buildings, the school’s east window wall, front dormer and interior blackboard, and the proximately of the teacherage to the school;
-those elements that reflect the property’s status as a place of community gathering, including its position on its original location and the open interior layout of the school building.




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

Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being

Function - Category and Type


Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club


One-Room School
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



George Thompson

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: MHP 956

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 956



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