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1919/01/01 to 1919/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Amma’s House is a Municipal Heritage Property located on the Yellowhead Highway approximately 17 kilometres west of the Town of Wynyard in the Rural Municipality of Big Quill No. 308. The property features a two-storey, wood-frame house constructed in 1919, surrounded by a manicured lawn edged with several hedgerows.
The heritage value of Amma’s House lies in its association with Icelandic settlement in the Quill Lakes region. In 1904, Icelandic settlers first homesteaded the region and founded the Vatnabyggd (Lake Settlement). The community grew, and in 1919 Amma’s House was constructed at the western edge of the settlement. The property has been owned successively by people of Icelandic decent.
The heritage value of the Amma’s House lies in its historical integrity from the time of construction. The property was constructed by Icelandic carpenters in 1919 and was lavish compared to other farmhouses built in the area. Its impressive size, along with quality workmanship and materials, contributes to the imposing character of the property. Most of the original architectural elements of the property have been preserved, allowing it to retain a historic feel. Standing on the north side of the Yellowhead Highway, the large home has stood as an important landmark for local residents and for the many travelers who use the highway.
Rural Municipality of Big Quill No. 308 Bylaw 02/01.
The heritage value of Amma’s House resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements that reflect its association with the Icelandic settlement in the Quill Lakes region, including its orientation on its original lot;
-those elements that reflect the property’s historic integrity from the time of construction, including its two-storey verandah, wood siding, asymmetrical window pattern, front and side dormers, hip roof, oak staircase, railing and banister, maple flooring on the main level, wood wainscoting, door frames, interior doors and crown mouldings;
-those elements that reflect the property’s status as a landmark in the community, including its location on its original site and its large rectangular form.
Local Governments (SK)
Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)
Municipal Heritage Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Hotel, Motel or Inn
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport
Heritage Resources Branch
1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK
File: MHP 2176
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