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1933/01/01 to 1933/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Rhodes Community Hall is a large wood-frame building on a museum site near Dauphin. The municipal designation applies to the one-storey building.
Rhodes Community Hall, distinguished by its elevated rear extension and artful boomtown front, is an exceptional example of an all-purpose public building. Though outwardly straightforward in appearance, the hall is more ambitious than most of its peers as it incorporates a serviceable stage and a balcony, enabling it to host dramatic productions in addition to the more common functions of dances, movie nights and wedding suppers. The scope of this Great Depression-era undertaking, completed in 1933 by Ukrainian residents in the rural district of Rhodes, reflects the value that the local population placed on both cultural and community activities.
Source: Rural Municipality of Ethelbert By-law No. 03-99, July 22, 1999
Key exterior elements that define the vernacular Rhodes Community Hall include:
- the irregular T-shaped massing, based on a single-storey rectangular main volume under a moderately pitched, forward-facing gable roof, with a rear cross extension consisting of an elevated side-gabled central section flanked by lower shed-roofed volumes
- the sturdy wood-frame construction and unpretentious materials and finishes, including the painted horizontal wood siding, plain trim, wood shingles, panelled wood doors, etc.
- the stepped boomtown facade with a semi-circular pediment
- the modest yet orderly fenestration of single, mostly tall, multi-paned rectangular windows
- the simple painted sign above the main entrance reading 'RHODES HALL BUILT - 1933'
Key elements that define the hall's interior character and theatrical and social functions include:
- the convenient layout, including the small front vestibule, ticket booth with a service window, and the open hall with the large stage and wings at one end and a compact balcony above the vestibule
- the hall's high vaulted plank ceiling and plank floor, walls and balcony front
- the stage area, including the striped, gently arched proscenium, the painted faux curtain surrounds joined at the top by painted symbols, the large painted backdrop with matching wings, etc.
- the modest finishes and details, such as the decorative faux marble on the base of the stage, the enclosed wooden balcony stairs, etc.
Local Governments (MB)
Manitoba Historic Resources Act
Municipal Heritage Site
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Community Organizations
Function - Category and Type
- Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
RM of Dauphin Highway 20A East Box 574 Dauphin MB R7N 2V4
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