The Physical Heritage Conservation award recognizes commitment to the conservation of Saskatchewan historic places, including archaeological sites, buildings, cultural landscapes and engineering works, ensuring that the heritage value of these places is protected. Projects that protect the heritage value of a place and used an innovative approach will be considered for award.
Note, the underlined definitions below are from the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.
Significant historic places contribute in an important way to the understanding of the history of a place, event or people. This concept is about habitation throughout time and the influence of the past on the meaning of today: natural inheritance, traces of past lives and livelihoods, stories, and human practices and ritual.
Part A – Eligible Historic Places
Identify at least one of the below.
- Archaeological Site: An area in which remnants of past habitation are visible above ground, on the surface of the ground, or unseen below ground. These areas can be individual sites or a component of a broader collection of historic places, such as an identified cultural landscape with an archeological site present.
- Building: Structure which, through its form, materials, assemblies and setting, can express cultural, regional, local or individual uses or construction practices at a single point in time or over the course of time.
- Cultural Landscape: Geographic area which, as a result of human interaction with the environment, exhibits characteristics of modification or influence, or represents the values of a society and has been given special cultural meaning. Cultural landscapes include areas which are:
Designed – such as gardens, cemeteries, planned communities or districts, transportation corridors, and any place that reveals
purposeful design intent.
Organically evolved – connected to traditional use and occupation, such as farmsteads, hunting grounds, streetscapes, etc.
These areas can be relict, where the original use has ceased and is no longer discernable or continuing, where activities
still take place and changes over time have remained compatible with the original use.
Associative – land which provides the setting for a built feature(s) or the enactment of an historic event, or from which inspiration and
expression have been or currently are taken.
- Engineering Work: Industrial, civil and military constructions including buildings, landforms, bridges, waterworks, machinery, ships and storage compartments.
Part B – Description of Heritage Value
Provide a summary of the heritage values associated with the historic place.
Heritage Value: The aesthetic (e.g. architectural), historic, scientific, cultural, social or spiritual importance or significance for past, present or future generations. The heritage value of a historic place is embodied in its character-defining materials, forms, location, spatial configurations, uses and cultural associations or meanings.
Examples of statements describing the heritage value of a historic place are available by following the links to the properties listed below:
Saskatchewan Legislative Building and Grounds
Addison Sod House
Wamsley Bridge Site
Part C – Eligible Conservation Approaches
Identify at least one of the areas below:
Preservation: Protection, maintenance and stabilization of existing form, materials and integrity of a place or individual component. Can include short-term, interim and long-term measures.
Rehabilitation: Adaptive re-use allowing enough change for the continuance of an existing use, or to encourage a new use, while protecting heritage value.
Restoration: Add/repair features in an accurate portrayal of a specific time during which the resource existed.
Part D – Description of Innovation
Describe how the project demonstrated the development or implementation of an innovative practice, technology or approach that resulted in the successful conservation of the historic place, such as:
Operations and maintenance planning;
Documentation of historic and existing condition and changes made over time;
Development of partnerships to support activities;
Promotion and celebration activities
Instructions to Applicants:
Identify the type of historic place, briefly describe its heritage value, and identify the conservation approach used in the project. The adjudication committee would appreciate any information that can be provided to explain how the heritage value was protected through the implementation of the conservation work. In order for a conservation work to be considered exemplary, it must safe-guard the heritage value of the historic place. Secondarily, the adjudication committee will also consider whether or not innovation was demonstrated.