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W. L. Mackenzie King Cottage, Building 23

Prospect Drive, Waskesiu, Saskatchewan, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1988/05/05

Exterior photo; S. Siepman, Parks-PNRO (1984).
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W. L. Mackenzie King Cottage, Building 23
W. L. McKenzie King Cottage, Building 23
Cottage W. L. Mckenzie King, bâtiment 23

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/01/23

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The W. L. Mackenzie King Cottage is located in a cottage subdivision within Prince Albert National Park. This log cottage is a rectangular, single-storey structure constructed in the rustic style. The building features a hipped roof, low walls, a large stone chimney, and an elaborate open porch. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The W. L. Mackenzie King Cottage is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.

Historical Value:
The W. L. Mackenzie King Cottage is associated with William Lyon Mackenzie King as it was expressly built and given to the then Prime Minister King upon his arrival for the opening ceremonies of Prince Albert National Park. The Prime Minister’s personal interest and support, combined with active local lobbying, had led to the creation of the park in 1927. Prince Albert National Park was shaped by the National Park Branch’s decision to make it a major resort destination accessible by automobile. Through its association with Prime Minister King, this construction marked a significant phase in the development of Waskesui as a major resort destination.

Architectural Value:
The W.L. Mackenzie King Cottage demonstrates good aesthetic design, and is an example of rustic picturesque cottage design used within the National Parks Branch during the period from 1927-1936. The simple symmetrical form combined with local materials, primarily logs and fieldstone, created the distinctive rustic image associated with the parks. The building exhibits good functional design and good craftsmanship and materials.

Environmental Value:
The W.L. Mackenzie King Cottage maintains an unchanged relationship with its site, is compatible with the rustic character of the cottage subdivision, and is a familiar landmark to residents and visitors.

Buildings, Prince Albert National Park Volume 2, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 85-063.

W.L. Mackenzie King Cottage, Prospect Drive, Waskesui, Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, Heritage Character Statement 85-063.

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements of W.L. Mackenzie King’s Cottage should be respected, for example:

Its very good rustic picturesque aesthetic, and very good quality craftsmanship and materials, for example:

- The rectangular, single-storey massing of the hipped roof structure.
- The distinctive front porch, with peeled logs in unusual patterns for supports, trims and brackets
- The multi-paned casement windows, panelled doors with screens, and the diamond pane casement near the chimney breast all with broadwood surrounds.
- The use of local materials, natural in colour and rough in texture, particularly the horizontal peeled log walls with extended corners, the large fieldstone chimney, and the exposed roof rafters and tails.
- The functional interior configuration of the interior with its six small rooms.

The manner in which the W.L. Mackenzie King Cottage maintains an unchanged relationship to its site, reinforces the present rustic character of its natural park setting and is a familiar local landmark, as evidenced by:

- Its ongoing relationship to its natural setting.
- Its picturesque form, materials and details that harmonize with Waskesui townsite.
- Its association with W. L. Mackenzie King that makes it known to those visiting and living within the park.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

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Historical Information

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Single Dwelling

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

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

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