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Battleford Land Registry Office - Battleford, SK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 52° 42.870 W 108° 18.940
12U E 681315 N 5843892
Quick Description: The Battleford Land Registry Office is located at Government Ridge in Battleford.
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Posted: 7/30/2013 3:52:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMHPAX
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member WannerClan
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Long Description:
The following information about this heritage property is from the Government of Saskatchewan Parks, Culture and Sports website:

"The Land Registry Office at Battleford is a Provincial Heritage Property located on Government Ridge overlooking the junction of the Battle and North Saskatchewan Rivers and the main townsite of Battleford. The property features a small, red-brick building constructed in 1877-78, nestled in a small grove of trees and shrubs.

The heritage value of the Land Registry Office resides in its status as the first land registry building in the North-West Territories constructed by the Dominion government. Though land registrations were initially conducted through offices in Winnipeg, the government anticipated a rapid and massive settlement of the recently-acquired western region. To meet this need, it commissioned Chief Dominion Architect Thomas Scott to design a permanent facility for the storage and administration of land ownership records. With Battleford's new status as the official capital of the North-West Territories, the decision was made to locate the Land Registry Office within the complex of other Territorial government buildings on Government Ridge, which overlooked the townsite.

Heritage value also lies in the building's status as the first known brick building constructed in Saskatchewan. Built from brick manufactured on-site specifically for use in this building and other nearby Territorial Government structures, the 1½-foot thick brick walls and the metal roof created a nearly fireproof building. This factor was fundamental to the protection of the irreplaceable land registration documents and attested to the value that the government placed on official land holding records. The brick also contributes to the Georgian style of architecture that is reflected in the Land Registry Office. With its minimal exterior detailing, symmetrical façade, and hipped roof, the only detailing on the building are the brick corbels above the doors and windows.

Used as a land registry office for over 30 years, the Land Registry Office is the last remaining building on Battleford's Government Ridge that dates from the Territorial era.

Sources:

Province of Saskatchewan, Notice of Intention to Designate as Provincial Heritage Property under The Heritage Property Act, February 21, 1983.

Province of Saskatchewan, Order to Designate as Provincial Heritage Property under The Heritage Property Act, May 9, 1983."

A Provincial Heritage Property Plaque at the site reads:

Battleford Land Registry Office

Provincial Heritage Property

Constructed of local brick in 1877-78 this was the first land registry office in the North-West Territories and the oldest known brick building in Saskatchewan. Containing records of all private and public land in the territories, this office registered ownership and sale of lands for two-thirds of the area of Canada. The structure served this purpose for over thirty years, until a new office was built closer to the business centre of Battleford in 1908. This building changed to private ownership and then was acquired by the Town of Battleford in 1997.

Government of Saskatchewan

2000

Official Heritage List: [Web Link]

Address:
Government Ridge
Battleford, SK Canada


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