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Springwater School

Delia, Near

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Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Heritage Value

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Street Address: N/A
Community: Delia, Near
Boundaries: Portion of the southeast quarter of Section 6, Township 33, Range 18, West of the Fourth Meridian.
Contributing Resources: N/A

ATS Legal Description:
Mer Rge Twp Sec LSD
1 (ptn.)

PBL Legal Description (Cadastral Reference):
Plan Block Lot Parcel

Latitude Longitude CDT Datum Type
51.795168 -112.533726

UTM Reference:
Northing Easting Zone CDT Datum Type


Recognition Authority: Province of Alberta
Designation Status: Registered Historic Resource
Date of Designation: 1987/02/11

Historical Information

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Current Function(s):

The first Springwater school built northwest of Delia after the Canadian National Railway (CN) branch line appeared between 1912 to 1913 appears to have been destroyed not long before construction of the new school in 1922. The 1922 school is an interesting cruciform adaptation of the standard plans that were in use throughout Alberta from 1916 to the early thirties, an unusual and handsome fieldstone structure, wonderfully crafted by a stonemason named Shields. It lasted as a school only twenty years, but its utility has contributed to continued use even after classes ceased. During the past thirty-four years, the Majestic Farrell Lake Women's Institute has owned it and ensured that it would serve the community at large. Its landmark status is unquestionable and it served as a tangible reminder of the background and calibre of the early settlers of this district.

Additional Information

Object Number: 4665-0624
Designation File: DES 0990
Related Listing(s):
Heritage Survey File: HS 45390
Website Link: N/A
Data Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, Old St. Stephen's College, 8820 - 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8 (File: Des. 990)
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