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Oscar Lake School

Meeting Lake RM 466, Saskatchewan, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2005/09/14

View of Oscar Lake School showing the front entrance and the west window wall, 2007.; Government of Saskatchewan, Brett Quiring, 2007.
South and West Elevations
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Other Name(s)

Krivoshein School
Krivoshein-Oscar Lake School
Oscar Lake School

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Construction Date(s)

1931/01/01 to 1932/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/10/26

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Oscar Lake School is a Municipal Heritage Property located within the Rural Municipality of Meeting Lake No. 466 located approximately 15 kilometres northeast of the Hamlet of Alticane. The property features a one-storey, wood-frame school completed in 1932, surrounded by a small open field bordered by shrubs on three-sides on a 7300 square metre parcel of land.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Oscar Lake School lies in its status as a place of community gathering. A school was originally constructed on this property in 1912. From the time of its construction, the property was not only used for educating children, but also for a wide array of community functions, including local meetings, fundraisers and socials. The first school operated until 1930, when it was lost to fire. Shortly after, the present building was constructed on the site. The school remained open until 1966 when students began being bused to schools in nearby towns. After the schools' closure, the property continued its role as a public building as it was transferred to a local community association that used the property for numerous local functions.

The heritage value of the property also lies in its architecture, which is typical of one-room schools of its era. Characteristically, the school features a hip roof and a west window wall. Its rectangular form allowed the interior space to be configured into a large open schoolroom. Exterior elements that contribute to the historic integrity of the school’s architecture include its wood-frame construction and stucco-clad exterior.


Rural Municipality of Meeting Lake No. 466 Bylaw 2-05.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Oscar Lake School resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements that reflect the property’s status as a place of community gathering, including its location on its original position, the open interior space, and the open yard surrounding the school;
-those elements that reflect the property’s school house architecture, including its hip-roof, west window wall, rectangular form, interior blackboards, overhang above the main entrance, decorative moulding along the roof line, stucco exterior and regular massing.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club


One-Room School

Architect / Designer



John Onishenko

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: MHP 506

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 2316



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