121 Dufferin Street W, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, S9H, Canada
Links and documents
1914/01/01 to 1914/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Central School is a Municipal Heritage Property that occupies one city block. The red brick, two-storey structure at 121 Dufferin Street West is situated in Swift Current's oldest district.
The heritage value of the Central School lies in its status as one of the city’s oldest remaining buildings. The school was built in 1914, at the very beginning of the city’s boom period. The school also speaks to the importance of an expanding educational system in a booming prairie urban centre. The Central School, Oman School, and Elmwood Schools were all built in a period of less than two years to accommodate the growing enrolment. The building operated initially as a high school but was later used to accommodate elementary students.
The heritage value of the Central School also lies in its architecture. Designed by Reilly, Dawson, Bancock and Reilly the Central School is an example of the Gothic Revival architectural style with a crenulated tower in the centre of the building with pointed arches at the entrance; the symmetrical form with a central tower and side wings, all typical of educational facilities of this era. Also representative of the period, the building retains the separate entrances for boys, girls and staff.
City of Swift Current Bylaw No. 21-1985.
The heritage value of the Central School resides in the following character-defining elements:
-features that reflect the Gothic Revival architectural style such as the brick and stone exterior, patterned brick, and crenulated tower with pointed arch openings;
-features that reflect the building's use as a school, including the separate entrances for boys, girls and staff.
Local Governments (SK)
Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)
Municipal Heritage Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Education and Social Well-Being
Function - Category and Type
- Primary or Secondary School
Architect / Designer
Reilly, Dawson, Hancock and Reilly
Location of Supporting Documentation
Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation
Heritage Resources Branch
1919 Saskatchewan Drive
File: MHP 839
Cross-Reference to Collection