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Cattle Barn Building 14

Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/07/16

Side view of Cattle Barn Building 14 of the Indian Head Research Station; Agriculture Canada, n.d.
Side view of Cattle Barn Building 14
Side (west) view of the Cattle Barn Building 14 on the Indian Head research Station; Agriculture Canada n.d.
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Construction Date(s)

1912/01/01 to 1914/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2012/02/03

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Cattle Barn (Building No. 14) is a large, rectangular barn connected to a Stable of similar design to form an L-shaped site located at the Indian Head Agricultural Research Farm, Saskatchewan. Featuring a white painted facade with contrasting dark trim, a concrete foundation and a bellcast gambrel roof, it is typical of commercial barns of the era. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Heritage Value: Cattle Barn (Building No. 14) is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building due to its historical, architectural and environmental value.
Historical Value
Cattle Barn (Building No. 14) is a very good example of the theme of agricultural research conducted by the federal government to improve the industry through the development of a network of Canadian experimental farms. It represents the importance of early 20th century livestock research and is a very good illustration of the growth and prosperity of the region. Built to replace the previous barn destroyed by a fire, Cattle Barn (Building No. 14) represents a phase of significant intensification in the breeding program at the Farm.

Architectural Value
Cattle Barn (Building No. 14) is a good representation of a large commercial barn built in the 1910s. Its good aesthetic design features a bellcast gambrel roof, board and batten siding, a concrete floor and foundation, rectangular and round windows, ventilator cupolas and contrasting trim. Its good functional design is represented by its extra storage space in the gambrel roof, standard stall and aisle layout, large windows at lower animal levels and the Rutherford ventilation system. It displays very good quality craftsmanship and materials and remains in good condition.

Environmental Value
Cattle Barn (Building No. 14) is situated within a complex of buildings set in a large expanse of open fields and reinforces the rural farm-like character of its setting. It has maintained a good relationship with its surrounding landscape despite some changes to the site. Cattle Barn (Building No. 14) is popular with visitors, often photographed and painted, and is known as being one of the largest of its kind in the province.

Character-Defining Elements

Character-Defining Elements
The following character-defining elements of Cattle Barn (Building No. 14) should be respected.

Its good aesthetic and functional design as represented in:
-its early 20th century design typical of Canadian experimental farms in the 1910s;
-its large rectangular, horizontal massing, its frame construction with board and batten siding, set on an exposed, raised concrete foundation, the gambrel roof with a slight bellcast and metal cladding, and the remaining three cupolas for ventilation;
-the original placement, design and materials of doors and windows, including the large doub-door east entrance, the north and west entrances, the simple, contrasting trim and Rutherford ventilation system;
-its simple, functional interior layout;
-its contribution to the composition of the Indian Head Research Farm and its relationship to the Stable (Building No. 15);
-its central location on the Indian Head Research Farm directly across from the main (west) farm entrance.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

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Health and Research
Animal Care Facility

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Location of Supporting Documentation

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

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Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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Stable Building No. 15

Stable (Building No. 15) is a large, rectangular barn attached to Cattle Barn (Building No. 14) to form an L-shaped site at the centre of the Indian Head Agricultural Research…


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