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Community Hall

Waskesiu, Saskatchewan, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1984/12/11

Exterior photo; (Parks Canada, WRO, 1984.)
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Construction Date(s)

1933/01/01 to 1934/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/01/19

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Located in the town of Waskesiu on the shores of Waskesiu Lake, the Community Hall is
a low, T-shaped, picturesque building designed in a rustic style constructed of peeled logs on a rough fieldstone foundation, it has a pedimented main entrance and large chimney of rough fieldstone, multi-paned windows and prominent shingled roofs.

Heritage Value

The Community Hall is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values:

Historical value:
The Community Hall is associated with the theme of the development of the National Park system in Canada. The structure was designed and built during the unemployment relief program whereby labour and funding was provided for projects in the park during the Depression years. Throughout its existence, the hall has served as a visual and social centerpiece for both Waskesiu town and the whole park.

Architectural value:
The Community Hall is valued for its very good aesthetic. It is a good example of a structure executed in the rustic style favoured in the National Parks of Canada during the 1920s-30s. The natural construction materials of fieldstone and peeled logs contribute to a unified picturesque image for the National Parks. The building also exhibits very good craftsmanship and use of materials.

Environmental value:
The Community Hall maintains an unchanged relationship to its site. It is compatible with its township setting within a natural park and is familiar to townspeople and visitors.

C. A. Hale, Community Hall, Waskesiu Drive, Waskesiu, Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, Federal Buildings Review Office Report 84-030; Community Hall, Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, Heritage Character Statement 84-030.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Community Hall should be respected.

Its very good aesthetic in the rustic style and good craftsmanship and materials, for example:
-the ‘T’-shaped massing with hipped and gabled roofs;
-the use of local construction materials, particularly the horizontal, peeled log walls, and rough fieldstone for the foundations, chimney and fireplace;
-the rough fieldstone of the main entrance with pedimented entrance opening that features large double doors conspicuously clasped with long hinges;
-the multi-pane windows;
-the functional interior configuration.

The manner in which the Community Hall maintains an unchanged historical relationship to its site, is compatible with the present character of its national park setting, and is familiar to townspeople and visitors, as evidenced by:
-its unchanged relationship to the surrounding forested area, near the lake;
-its rustic aesthetic, scale, appearance and materials that harmonize with the adjacent park buildings and its lakeside setting;
-its location within the community, next to Waskesiu Drive, and to the adjacent facilities such as the playground, that makes it well known to visitors and townspeople.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1936/01/01 to 1937/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type



Recreation Centre

Architect / Designer

National Parks Service, Architectural Division



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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