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Old Post Office

690 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, P6A, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1983/10/24

Aerial view; City of Sault Ste. Marie
Old Post Office
Looking west from East Street; City of Sault Ste. Marie
Old Post Office, 2005
Looking north-west from Queen Street East and East Street; City of Sault Ste. Marie
Old Post Office, 2005

Autre nom(s)

Old Post Office
Sault Ste. Marie Museum

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction

1902/01/01 à 1906/01/01

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2006/06/26

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Old Post Office is an imposing three storey red brick and stone building featuring a clock tower. It is prominently located in downtown Sault Ste. Marie at the intersection of Queen Street East and East Street. Built between 1902 and 1906 as a federal building, it was purchased in 1982 by the City for use as the Sault Ste. Marie Museum.

The Old Post Office has been recognized for its heritage value by the City of Sault Ste. Marie, By-Law 83-266.

Valeur patrimoniale

Designed in 1902 by David Ewart, Chief Architect of the federal government’s Department of Public Works, the Old Post Office is a fine example of turn of the century Federal architecture in Ontario, combining Victorian classicism with excellent workmanship.

Embracing a number of classical styles, the Old Post Office is a landmark building that dominates the downtown core. Its construction at the turn of the century reflects a confidence in Sault Ste. Marie's future as an industrial centre.

Like other significant Sault Ste Marie buildings of this period, local materials excavated during the building of the Sault Ste. Marie canal have been integrated into the building.

Sources: Sault Ste. Marie Designation By-law 83-266; Old Post Office Designation Report

Éléments caractéristiques

Key character defining elements that reflect the building's value as a fine example of turn of the century Federal architecture in Ontario include:
Exterior elements:
- classical pediments, pilasters and cornices
- Romanesque stone arches
- Italianate detailing and decorative features
Interior elements include:
- the oak staircase
- exquisite three-story light well and skylight
- plated glass floor

Key character defining elements reflecting turn of the century confidence in Sault Ste. Marie include:
- its imposing size
- dominant location
- three stories
- imposing clock tower

Key character defining elements that demonstrate the use of local materials include:
- squared local rubble sandstone
- red brick facades




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (Ont.)

Loi habilitante

Loi sur le patrimoine de l'Ontario

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation du patrimoine municipal (partie IV)

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Gouverner le Canada
Les institutions gouvernementales

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction




Bureau de poste

Architecte / Concepteur

David Ewart



Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Community Services Department, Recreation and Culture Division, City of Sault Ste. Marie

Réfère à une collection

Sault Ste. Marie Museum; Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Archives

Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




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