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Dysart School

209 Wark Street, Dysart, Saskatchewan, S0G, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1986/05/07

Front elevation of Dysart School showing the front entrance, 2006.; Ross Herrington, 2006.
Front elevation.
Looking towards the main entrance of the Dysart School, 2006.; Ross Herrington, 2006.
Interior Hallway
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Other Name(s)

Dysart School
Dysart and District Museum
Dysart School , District No. 1449

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Construction Date(s)

1917/01/01 to 1917/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/03/15

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Dysart Elementary School is a Municipal Heritage Property located on one 6,200 square metre lot at 209 Wark Street in the Village of Dysart. The property features a one-storey, brick and wood-clad building, constructed in 1917.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of Dysart Elementary School resides in its status as a landmark in the community. Dysart School District No. 1449 was established in 1905 and the brick school was constructed on the east side of town in 1917. It was expanded in 1927 to four rooms; a library was constructed in 1948 and a science laboratory in 1950 in the basement. A grove of maple trees was planted in 1929 from the main entrance of the building to Wark Street. From 1960 to 1983 the building only hosted elementary classes. The structure has housed the Dysart and District Museum since 1989.

The heritage value of the school also resides in its architecture. Designed by the prominent Regina architectural firm of Storey and Van Egmond to be compatible with a largely residential neighbourhood, this bungalow-style school features a low-pitched roof and horizontal lines, which are reminiscent of the Prairie style of architecture. The large area of windows is typical of schools constructed during this early period. The extension of the front brick façade corners above the roof line accentuates the overhanging eaves. Modernist influences, such as the brick pilasters on either side of the main entrance, provide a contrast to the front elevation. The covered main entrance with supporting brackets adds character to the front façade.

Heritage value also resides in the interior integrity of the classroom exhibit, which features life in small Saskatchewan schools. One room of the original school is kept to resemble the early classrooms, and it retains many elements from the building years as a school including the original chalk boards and wood wainscotting.

Village of Dysart Bylaw No. 4/86.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of Dysart School lies in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements that contribute to the property’s status as a landmark in the community, such as its situation on its original site;
-those elements that reflect the bungalow-style of architecture, such as the low-pitched roof, overhanging eaves, covered main entrance with supporting brackets, transom light above the entryway, brick-clad corner pilasters, small ventilation tower, and roofline;
-those elements that contribute to the classroom exhibit's historical integrity, such as the original chalk boards and wood wainscotting.




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)

1917/01/01 to 1983/12/31

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Learning and the Arts

Function - Category and Type




Primary or Secondary School

Architect / Designer

Storey and Van Egmond


Smith Brothers and Wilson

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: MHP 1009

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 1009



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