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Rocanville and District Museum Site

220 Qu'Appelle Avenue, Rocanville, Saskatchewan, S0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1989/05/17

Rocanville Train Station within the Rocanville and District Museum Site, 2004.; Government of Saskatchewan, Brett Quiring, 2004.
Train Station at the Museum
View of Hillburn Church within the Rocanville and District Museum Site, 2004.; Government of Saskatchewan, Brett Quiring, 2004.
Church at the Museum.
View of Prosperity School within the Rocanville and District Museum Site, 2004.; Government of Saskatchewan, Brett Quiring, 2004.
School building at the Museum

Other Name(s)

Rocanville and District Museum Site
Rocanville and District Museum
Prospertiy School
Schwanz Store
CPR Station
Hillburn Church

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/02/13

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Rocanville and District Museum is a Municipal Heritage property located within the Town of Rocanville at 220 Qu’Appelle Avenue. The property features seven wood-frame buildings moved to the property after 1965, as well as one non-contributing building and three non-contributing metal sheds.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Rocanville and District Museum lies in its role commemorating the district’s history. The property features seven historical buildings moved to the site from the surrounding area. The complex of nine buildings represent a wide range of historical functions, including the Rocanville train station, two local schools, a shop, a church and a meeting hall. The property also boasts a re-creation of an early-twentieth century blacksmith shop. This property has been used as an educational tool commemorating the heritage of the community for subsequent generations.

The heritage value of the property also lies in its spatial arrangement. The complex is designed to recreate a historic streetscape. The placement of the buildings model a typical early-twentieth century prairie town with buildings arranged facing each other to form streets.

Source:

Town of Rocanville Bylaw No. 89-2.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Rocanville and District Museum resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements that reflect the property’s use as a museum, including the seven buildings that house and preserve artifacts;
-those elements of the Rocanville train station that reflect its early-twentieth century railway architecture, including its rectangular form, wood-frame construction, hip roof with dormer, wood-eve brackets supporting the projecting eves, bay, the original door and window pattern, and crossing arm;
-those elements of the blacksmith shop that reflect its representation of early blacksmith shops in the community, including is rectangular form and simple massing, the wood-frame construction and its open interior space;
-those element of the Hillburn Church that represent early-twentieth century ecclesiastical architecture, including its side tower with entrance, gothic-arch windows, steeply pitched gable roof, crenellated tower and open interior space;
-those elements of the Prosperity School that reflect its late-nineteenth century one-room school architecture, including its window wall, wood-frame construction, rectangular form and regular massing;
-those elements of the Cambridge School that reflect its status as an early-twentieth century one-room school, including its window wall, wood-frame construction, rectangular form and regular massing, open interior space and blackboard;
-those elements of the Schawntz Brothers Store that reflect its status as an early commercial property, including simple form and massing, and its wood-frame construction;
-those elements of the Masonic Hall that reflects its status as a community hall, including its large open interior layout;
-the property’s spatial arrangement with buildings placed to create a small street resembling the configuration of a town.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Saskatchewan

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date

1989/05/17

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Museum

Historic

Education
One-Room School
Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship
Transport-Rail
Station or Other Rail 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: MHP 438

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 438

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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