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The Inventory of Historic Resources (below in alphabetical order) includes places that have been evaluated through the Heritage Resources Committee Historic Inventory Project, according to the Council-approved Heritage Resources Policy (PDF). Also included are places evaluated by Parks Canada and the Province of Alberta. The preservation of these resources is considered to be for the greater benefit of Medicine Hat citizens.

   Designation and date
Photo Name Construction date HRC
Inventory1
Municipal Registry2 Provincial Registry3 Federal Registry4
Alberta Foundry and Machine Shop  1911 checkmark_sm
2013
 
 
becker_th Becker Cocks Residence 1904  checkmark_sm
2013
     
beveridge_th Beveridge Building  1911 checkmark_sm
2014
     
brown_th Brown Durand Residence  1912 checkmark_sm
2013
     
brownthomas_th Brown Thomas Residence
and Carriage House

1912-1913

checkmark_sm
2013
     
cibc_th Canadian Bank of Commerce 1908  checkmark_sm
2016
  checkmark_sm
1991
 
train_stn_th Canadian Pacific Railway Station 1906
add'n: 1911 
checkmark_sm
2014
    checkmark_sm
1991
cecil_th Cecil Hotel 1912-1913  checkmark_sm
2014
     
centralpark_th Central Park est. 1907 checkmark_sm
2016
     
charlesworth_th Charlesworth Residence 1903 checkmark_sm
2016
     
citybakery_th  City Bakery (Cousins Block) 1911  checkmark_sm
2013
     
defensesiren_th Civil Defence Siren 1962   checkmark_sm
2017
   
connaughtapt_th Connaught Apartments
(now Hycroft Apartments)
1913 checkmark_sm
2013
     
connaughtsch_th Connaught School 1912-1913 checkmark_sm
2012
     
corona_th
Corona Hotel 1912 checkmark_sm
2016
     
Photo Name Construction date HRC
Inventory1
Municipal Registry2 Provincial Registry3 Federal Registry4
corymiller_th
Cory Miller Residence 1912 checkmark_sm
2013
     
cousins_th
Cousins Residence 1896     checkmark_sm
1982
 
cousins-cabin_th Cousins Log Cabin late 1800s checkmark_sm
2016
     
crawford_th Crawford Dietrich Residence 1901 checkmark_sm
2014
checkmark_sm
2015
checkmark_sm
2015
 
safeway_th Crescent Heights Canada Safeway Ltd. Store 1959 checkmark_sm
2014
     
cypress_th Cypress Club 1907 checkmark_sm
2016
  checkmark_sm
2002
 
dominiongroc_th Dominion Grocery Co. Ltd. 1913-1914 checkmark_sm
2013
     
earlkitch_th Earl Kitchener School 1916-1917 checkmark_sm
2012
     
elizabeth_th Elizabeth Street School 1912-1913  checkmark_sm
2013
checkmark_sm
2016
   
elmstreet_th Elm Street School 1912 checkmark_sm
2012
     
ewart_th Ewart Duggan Residence 1887      checkmark_sm
1993
 
flath_th Flath Residence 1913 checkmark_sm
2016
     
scudder_th F. Scudder Grocery 1913 checkmark_sm
2012
     
woolworth_th F.W. Woolworth Store 1941  checkmark_sm
2014
     
fifthavechurch_th Fifth Avenue Methodist Church 1911-1913
add'n: 1931 
checkmark_sm
2012
checkmark_sm
2019
   
Photo Name Construction date HRC
Inventory1
Municipal Registry2 Provincial Registry3 Federal Registry4
  Finlay Bridge  1907-1908 checkmark_sm
2015
checkmark_sm
2011
   
1streetB_th First Street South Municipal Historic Area     checkmark_sm
2016
   
flatiron_th Flat Iron Building 1912 checkmark_sm
2014
     
hallblock_th Hall Block 1913 checkmark_sm
2013
     
hargravblock_th Hargrave Sissons Store & Grocery/Warehouse Addition

1901
Whse. 1910

checkmark_sm
2015
checkmark_sm
2010
   
higdon_th Higdon Residence 1943 checkmark_sm
2016
     
hullblock_th Hull Block 1912-1913  checkmark_sm
2014
checkmark_sm
2015
   
hutchinson1_th Hutchinson Block  1911 pending      
hycroft_th Hycroft China Ltd. Factory 1937     checkmark_sm
1995
 
imperial-lowes_th

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

1913 checkmark_sm
2016
     
kerrwallace_th Kerr Wallace Residence 1912 checkmark_sm
2012
     
lauder_th Lauder Residence 1913 checkmark_sm
2016
     
levinson_th Levinson Music 1920 checkmark_sm
2014
     
marshall_th Marshall Terrace 1908 checkmark_sm
2013
     
mckenzie_th McKenzie Sharland Grocery 1912 checkmark_sm
2017
checkmark_sm
2014
   
Photo Name Construction date HRC
Inventory1
Municipal Registry2 Provincial Registry3 Federal Registry4
medaltakilns_th Medalta Potteries 1912-1950     checkmark_sm
1996
checkmark_sm
1985
mhbricktile_th  Medicine Hat Brick and Tile Company 1886     checkmark_sm
2012
 
claydistrict_th Medicine Hat Clay Industries 1909-1946       checkmark_sm
2000
courthouse_th Medicine Hat Courthouse 1919     checkmark_sm
1978
 
merchants_th Merchants Bank of Canada 1899 checkmark_sm
2015
checkmark_sm
2010

 

 
monarch_th Monarch Theatre 1911 checkmark_sm
2014
checkmark_sm
2016
   
montgom_th Montgomerie Apartments 1914 checkmark_sm
2013
     
montrealst_th Montreal Street School 1904 checkmark_sm
2015
  checkmark_sm
1999
 
newbaker_th  New Baker Block 1912 checkmark_sm
2013
     
 news_th News Block 1903 checkmark_sm
2014
     
 ogilvie_th Ogilvie Flour Mill 1912 checkmark_sm
2013
     
parker_th Parker Residence 1914 checkmark_sm
2016
     
peard_th Peard Residence 1908 checkmark_sm
2016
     
 porter_th Porter Block 1910 checkmark_sm
2012
     
porterhse_th Porter Residence c. 1894 checkmark_sm
2016
     
 ranchmen_th Ranchmen Motel Sign 1964 checkmark_sm
2014
     
Photo Name Construction date HRC
Inventory1
Municipal Registry2 Provincial Registry3 Federal Registry4
readyknowles_th  Ready Knowles Residence

1911-1912

checkmark_sm
2014
     
 rhine_th Rhine Hall 1942 checkmark_sm
2012
     
richardsons_th  Richardson's Bakery 1899 checkmark_sm
2013
     
 riversidesch_th Riverside School 1916-1917 checkmark_sm
2014
     
citadel_th  Salvation Army Citadel 1913 checkmark_sm
2013
     
 saamis_th Saamis Site       checkmark_sm
1984
 
 sonsabraham_th Sons of Abraham Synagogue 1912 checkmark_sm
2013
     
 stbarnabas_th St. Barnabas Anglican Church 1912-1913 checkmark_sm
2012
     
 stjohns_th St. John's Presbyterian Church 1902 checkmark_sm
2015
checkmark_sm
2011
   
 stpats_th St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church 1912-1914 checkmark_sm
2016
    checkmark_sm
1990
tabor_th Tabor Candy Co. Ltd. 1914 checkmark_sm
2014
     
treiber_th Treiber Hodgins Residence 1943 checkmark_sm
2013
     
turpin_th Turpin Block 1907 checkmark_sm
2013
     
ueberrhein_th Ueberrhein Dumanowski Residence 1921 checkmark_sm
2012
checkmark_sm
2013
   
viewcourt_th View Court Apartments 1912 checkmark_sm
2013
     
woodland_th Woodland Smythe Residence 1914 checkmark_sm
2013
     

Footnotes:

  1. Included in Heritage Resources Committee Inventory (City of Medicine Hat).
  2. Listed as a Municipal Historic Resource, protected by City bylaw.
  3. Included in Alberta's List of Historic Resources (Provincial jurisdiction).
  4. Included in the Canadian Register of Historic Places (Federal jurisdiction.)

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The Heritage Resources Inventory is a list of properties that are deemed by the City of Medicine Hat to have architectural, heritage or cultural value and thereby merit preservation.  The Inventory is established to enable Council to review and monitor proposed changes to properties with heritage value.

Another purpose of the Inventory is to give property owners fair notice that the heritage status of their buildings may affect future development options for their properties.

It is also to provide to the community a collection of research about Medicine Hat's historical resources.

 

How residences are named

The Heritage Resources Committee creates a "hybrid" name 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.

 

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 the City Planning Department, and approved. (Exception: if the intended work consists of routine maintenance or preservation of the Regulated Portions.)

icon_PDFApplication Form: Intervention to a Municipal Historic Resource

Submit this form by email or in person to:

Jim Genge, Senior Planner
Planning & Development Services
2nd floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Ph. 403.525.8838
jimgen@medicinehat.ca



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 Committee: A group of local citizens who act in an advisory capacity to Medicine Hat City Council with respect to heritage resources.

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.
icon_PDFHeritage 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 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.
icon_PDFHistoric 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.
icon_PDFManaging 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.



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 Committee 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; and

  Helps to set direction for local planning initiatives.

 


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. 

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 the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.

Determine the potential historic value of a building or site with the evaluation tool below.
icon_PDFEvaluation Tool

For more information about designating your resource, contact:

Karen-Anne Cherwonogrodzky
Heritage Assistant
City of Medicine Hat
Ph. 403.525. 8607
karche@medicinehat.ca

 

The steps

The following steps show the process which The Heritage Resources Committee follows to designate a Municipal Historic Resource:

 heritage-desig-flowchart

 

 

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.

icon_PDFApplication for Municipal Historic Resource Intervention

Submit this form by email or in person to:

Jim Genge, Senior Planner
Planning & Development Services
2nd floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Ph. 403.525.8838
jimgen@medicinehat.ca

 

 

 

 

 icon_PDFView detailed designation process.



Federal, Provincial and Territorial (F/P/T) governments recognize the contribution historic places make to our communities. Since 2001, the F/P/T governments have worked together through an initiative to jointly develop core programs. The Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP) provides a single source of information about all historic places recognized for their heritage value at the local, provincial, territorial and national levels throughout Canada.

Several resources in Medicine Hat have been recognized federally and provincially. See Historic Resources chart (above) or search the Canadian Register.


 

Questions about heritage resources? Contact us:

Planning & Development Services
Second floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Ph. 403-529-8374
pbe@medicinehat.ca