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Arcola building receives heritage funding

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The Arcola Land Titles Building has received $22,000 in funding from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation. (Photo submitted)

The Arcola Land Titles Building is one of 25 projects to receive funding through the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.

The building, which is located on Main Street, will receive a $22,000 grant for exterior restoration and work related to the foundation. It will be restored to be used for commercial purposes.

The building was one of many smaller land titles offices constructed across Saskatchewan during the early 20th century. The transfer of land administration from federal to provincial jurisdiction in 1906 necessitated the new buildings to house the land records.

According to Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation, the office was designed to convey the image of modernity, stability and self-reliance desired by the province, and those traits were expressed through the Georgian Classicism style of architecture.

The building is fireproof, thanks to the use of metal, stone and brick for the floors, walls, roofs, stairways and doors.

It housed records from the Cannington District until the late 1960s.

A total of $258,000 has been allocated to projects that preserve Saskatchewan's heritage. Projects were chosen based on restoring heritage assets and promoting heritage conservation.

The announcement came on February 14, right before Saskatchewan Heritage Week, which is February 16 to 22.

“Heritage Week reminds us that Saskatchewan has a diverse and exciting history,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. “Our government recognizes that while the future of Saskatchewan is bright, it is important to remember our past.

“Programs like Main Street, through heritage conservation and economic development, help communities revitalize their historic downtowns and ensure we preserve our stories and history for generations to come.”   

“Heritage Week is a chance for the people of Saskatchewan to celebrate the unique stories, traditions and places that make us who we are,” Heritage Saskatchewan president Kristin Enns-Kavanagh said.  “It’s a chance to recognize the powerful ways that heritage and culture bring communities together, creating a strong foundation from which to move toward the future.”

“The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce that over the past fiscal year we have invested more than $250,000 in 25 projects across the province,” Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation chair Wesley Moore said. 

“The board was excited by the diversity of applicants this year. One of the best parts of my job is discovering the innovative ways the foundation can partner with individuals, groups and businesses to make a real difference in our communities.”

 


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