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Superintendent's Residence, Building 22

Lacombe Experimental Farm, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1991/03/21

Corner view of the Superintendent's Residence, ca. 1990.; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada\Agriculture and Agroalimentaire Canada, ca. 1990.
General view of the place
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Other Name(s)

Building 22
Bâtiment 22
Superintendent's Residence, Building 22

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/06/07

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Superintendent’s Residence is situated west of Lacombe, and is surrounded by flat, open fields and a few trees. It is a rectangular, two-storey timber structure with a flat roof and a white painted exterior. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Superintendent’s Residence is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value:
The Superintendent’s Residence is a useful example of a building associated with the expansion of the Federal Government’s experimental farm system in western Canada. It is also associated with Mr. Gladstone George Hall Hutton, who was the station’s first superintendent and very active in the local community.

Architectural Value:
Originally designed in a Queen Anne Revival Style, the Superintendent’s Residence was remodelled in 1948-49 and is now a good example of the Art Moderne Style. As such it is a well-proportioned, functional building whose form and plan reflect its role as an office and family dwelling.

Environmental Value:
The Superintendent’s Residence was built to the east of the other farm structures at the Lacombe Experimental Farm. The planting of trees, extensive landscaping, manicured lawns and flower beds around the house enhance the administrative/ornamental character of the area. The Superintendent’s Residence is compatible with the present character of the Lacombe Experimental Farm.

Marilyn E. Armstrong Reynolds, Former Superintendent’s Residence Building No. 22, Lacombe Research Station, Lacombe, Alberta. Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 90-029.

Building No. 22, Lacombe Research Station, Lacombe Alberta. Heritage Character Statement 90-029.

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements of the Superintendent’s House should be respected:

Its aesthetic design and good quality materials and craftsmanship for example:

- The simple, rectangular shaped massing,
- The flat roof, parapet ledge, and horizontal lines of the building emphasized by the speed stripes,
- The stucco cladding,
- The principal windows, including the Queen Anne Revival bay windows,
- The front porch with brick columns and flat roof,
- The garage with stucco cladding situated to the north and east side of the house.

The manner in which the Superintendent’s House is compatible with the agricultural character and setting of the Lacombe Experimental Farm as evidenced in:

- The building’s unchanged relationship to the gardens, lawns and arboretum,
- The ongoing relationship of the building to the research station complex.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

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Function - Category and Type



Food Supply
Farm Element
Health and Research
Research Facility

Architect / Designer

Department of Public Works



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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