Saskatchewan boasts many hundreds of historic buildings and other places that are protected by the various levels of government and community. These significant assets are homes, apartment blocks, schools, places of worship, shops, warehouses, office buildings, banks, court houses, train stations, trading posts, forts and bridges as well as some examples of unique prairie architecture like grain elevators, traditional farmsteads, and character main streets. We have a great built heritage to protect for future generations.
Rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of buildings contributes to environmental sustainability of communities through viable, continuing use of existing structures and the infrastructure that serves them. It offers attractively located and architecturally interesting properties that can be reused by developers or owners. It creates an attractive environment where people want to live, serves as a visual reminder of community history, and offers tourism opportunities by providing interesting, educational destinations to visit and photograph. Conservation should lead to or support one or more of three treatments:
Preservation involves protecting, maintaining and stablizing the existing form, materials and integrity of the property.
Rehabilitation involves the sensitive adaptation of all or part of the property for contemporary use through repair, alteration and/or addition.
Restoration involves revealing, recovering or representing the state of all or part of the property as it appeared at a particular point in time.