Heritage Properties

Our heritage properties include places which have been evaluated according to the Heritage Resources Policy.

About our heritage properties

These properties have architectural, heritage or cultural value and thereby merit preservation.

The inventory is established to:

  • Enable City Council to review and monitor proposed changes to properties with heritage value
  • Give property owners fair notice that heritage status of their building(s) may affect future development options
  • Provide the community a collection of research about Medicine Hat's historical resources

How residences are named

The Heritage Resources Working Group utilized a "hybrid" naming method for a residence, using the first owner and the owner at the time of evaluation. In the event of a designation by a subsequent owner, the second name of the designation would be the name of the subsequent owner.


Required approval when subdividing property

To protect Alberta's historic resources, the Historical Resources Act requires approval at the Area Structure Plan stage of development, as well as at the subdivision stage.

Learn more about Subdivision Historical Resources Act Compliance.


Changes to a Municipal Historic Resource

Municipal Historic Resources are protected, therefore the City is responsible for safeguarding the heritage values of these properties. 

Intervention of character-defining elements means maintenance, repair or replacement of these elements. Any intended Intervention of character-defining elements (see Important terms, below) of a Municipal Historic Resource which are regulated portions requires that an application first be submitted to Planning & Development Services, and approved. (Exception: if the intended work consists of routine maintenance or preservation of the Regulated Portions.)

Intervention to a Municipal Historic Resource

The importance of heritage

The heritage that survives from the past is unique and irreplaceable. It contributes to sustainability, character, local distinctiveness and a sense of place. The Heritage Resources Working Group explores opportunities to bring more public awareness of Medicine Hat's heritage resources, and how everyone can get involved in the authentic character of the city's roots.

Why conserving heritage is important

  • Increases community pride
  • Manages the pace of change
  • Preserves social and physical fabric of built environment
  • Increases cultural and heritage-based tourism
  • Keys into sustainability and environmental initiatives
  • Creates jobs for local heritage trades and tourism
  • Guides and fosters business development in the commercial core
  • Creates awareness of the range of heritage resources in the community
  • Helps to set direction for local planning initiatives

Designation

Municipal Historic Resource Designation is a legal process enabled through a designation bylaw passed through City Council, after which the designation is registered on title with the Alberta Land Titles office. A property may only be designated by the owner.

After Municipal Historic Resource Designation, a bronze plaque is unveiled.

If your property is protected as a Municipal Historic Resource, and is listed on the Alberta Register of Historic Places, you may be eligible for cost-sharing funding provided by Historic Resource Conservation Grants.

Determine the potential historic value of a building or site with our evaluation tool.


Doing alterations or renovations to a Municipal Historic Resource

Municipal Historic Resources are legally protected, therefore the city is responsible for safeguarding the heritage values of these properties. Any planned alterations or renovations must be disclosed to the city and approved by Council.

Apply for Municipal Historic Resource Intervention.

Important terms

Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP): A Federal, Provincial and Territorial collaboration, it is Canada's definitive source of information on historic places, administered by Parks Canada.

View Canadian Register of Historic Places.

Character-Defining Elements (CDE): Materials, forms, location, spatial configurations, uses and cultural associations or meanings that contribute to the heritage value of a historic place, which must be retained to preserve its heritage value.

Heritage Resource: A structure, place, object or feature which is deemed to have heritage-related significance. 

Heritage Resources Working Group: A group of local citizens who act in an advisory capacity to Medicine Hat City Council with respect to heritage resources (a function formerly performed by the Heritage Resources Committee).

Heritage Resources Inventory: A list of properties that are deemed by the City of Medicine Hat to have architectural, heritage or cultural value and thereby merit preservation. See Inventory chart at the top of this page.

Heritage Resources Policy: A policy adopted in 2008 by Medicine Hat City Council to encourage protection, retention, restoration and awareness of heritage resources in the City.

View the Heritage Resources Policy

Listing of Historic Resources: A list compiled by the Province of Alberta to provide information about the Historic Resource Value, if any, that has been assigned to various historic structures, archaeological sites, palaeontological sites and Indigenous traditional use sites of a historic resource nature (burials, ceremonial sites, etc.)

View the Listing of Historic Resources.

Historical Resources Act: A legal document of the province of Alberta which gives the Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism the authority for the orderly development, preservation, study, interpretation and promotion of appreciation for Alberta's historic resources, and the means to achieve these goals.

View the Historic Resources Act

Municipal Historic Resource: A place of historic significance, as designated by bylaw, that is protected from unsympathetic alteration or destruction. Designation is not expropriation, but a tool which municipalities use to ensure significant places are preserved.

View Managing Historic Places.

Statement of Significance (SOS): A document, usually completed by a heritage professional, which follows a prescribed format and gives a detailed description of a City of Medicine Hat Heritage Resource and its character-defining elements.

Thematic Framework: A chart which outlines the settlement (patterns, economic drivers, major events and eras of development) in a community and provides examples from the built environment for each theme.

View the Thematic Framework chart.

Heritage Properties
NameConstruction date

Alberta Foundry and Machine Shop

1911

Becker Residence

1904

Beveridge Building

1911

Brown Durand Residence

1912

Brown Thomas Residence and Carriage House

1912-1913

Canadian Bank of Commerce

1908

Canadian Pacific Railway Station

1906, 1911

Cecil Hotel

1912-1913

Central Park

1907

Charlesworth Residence

1903

City Bakery

1911

Civil Defence Siren

1962

Connaught Apartments (Hycroft Apartments)

1913

Connaught School

1912-1913

Corona Hotel

1912

Cory Miller Residence

1912

Cousins Residence

1896

Cousins Log Cabin

Late 1800s

Crawford Dietrich Residence

1901

Crescent Heights Canada Safeway

1959

Cypress Club

1907

Dominion Grocery Co. Ltd.

1913-1914

Earl Kitchener School

1916-1917

Elizabeth Street School

1912-1913

Elm Street School

1912

Ewart Duggan Residence

1887

F. Scudder Grocery

1913

F. W. Woolworth Store

1941

Fifth Avenue Memorial United (Methodist) Church

1911-1913, 1931

Finlay Bridge

1907-1908

First Street South Municipal Historic Area

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Flat Iron Building

1912

Flath Residence

1913

Hall Block

1913

Hargrave Sissons Store & Grocery/Warehouse Addition

1901, 1910

Higdon Residence

1943

Hull Block

1912-1913

Hutchinson Block

1911

Hycroft China Ltd. Factory

1937

Imperial Bank of Canada/F.C. Lowes Real Estate

1913

Kerr Wallace Residence

1912

Lauder Residence

1913

Levinson Music

1920

Marshall Terrace

1908

McKenzie Sharland Grocery

1912

Medalta Potteries

1912-1950

Medicine Hat Brick and Tile Company

1886

Medicine Hat Clay Industries

1909-1946

Medicine Hat Courthouse

1919

Merchants Bank of Canada

1899

Monarch Theatre

1911

Montgomerie Apartments

1914

Montreal Street School

1904

New Baker Block

1912

News Block

1903

No. 34 Service Flying School Building

1941

Ogilvie Flour Mill

1912

Parker Residence

1914

Peard Residence

1908

Porter Residence

1894

Ranchmen Motel Sign

1964

Ready Knowles Residence

1911-1912

Rhine Hall

1942

Richardson's Bakery

1899

Riverside School

1916-1917

Salvation Army Citadel

1913

Saratoga Park

1907

Sons of Abraham Synagogue

1912

St. Barnabas Anglican Church

1912-1913

St. John's Presbyterian Church

1902

St. Louis School

1912

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church

1912-1914

Tabor Candy Co. Ltd.

1914

Treiber Hodgins Residence

1943

Turpin Block

1907

Ueberrhein Dumanowski Residence

1921

View Court Apartments

1912

Woodland Smythe Residence

1914