- Constructed in 1911-1912 at a total cost of $150,000
- A facility built to house approximately 30 horses and 50 cattle
- The west wing was completed in the first year and was used for horses until the 1950s
- The east wing housed the dairy herd
- The loft was used to store feed
- The two concrete silos are likely the oldest in Saskatchewan
The Stone Barn is located at the corner of College Drive and Campus Drive.
The University of Saskatchewan has identified the Stone Barn’s heritage defining features in its Heritage Registry that can be accessed below. USask has adopted Heritage Principles that will guide decision making regarding heritage buildings on campus.
Studies completed to date
- 2000 Feasibility Study, MANASC ISAAC Architects
- 2001 Stone Barn Utilization, MBA 992.3 Business Research Methodology College of Commerce
- 2006 Condition Assessment, Stantec
- 2010 Structural Evaluation, Genivar
- 2016 Pilaster Condition Update, WSP
- 2017 Updated Structural Recommendations, WSP
- 2020 Condition Assessment, FCAPX
- 2020 Capstone Design Project
Stone Barn working group updates
Dear USask Community,
I am pleased to provide an update to our USask community regarding the latest developments on the Stone Barn. Just this week, I had the opportunity to update the USask Board of Governors on the status of the barn and thoughts on immediate next steps.
Following a very fruitful community visioning exercise in May, we engaged the land and facilities team to provide an estimate for conducting immediate to long-term improvements and updates to the barn. Over recent years we have maintained the structural integrity of the barn; however, for the immediate future, we would like to restore the roof and renew the siding on the structure so that it is in a good, sustainable state while we proceed to decide on a long-term vision for it.
This restoration of the roof and siding, with estimated costs of between $3M and $7M, presents a unique opportunity for our community to make a lasting impact. As custodians of this beloved barn, we invite you to join us in its preservation. Your support will not only ensure the immediate roof and siding restoration, but also contribute to the realization of our long-term vision for the barn. Together, we can transform this historic structure into a centerpiece landmark of our community, made possible through your generous donations.
Vice-President, Cheryl Hamelin, and a few key board members have begun considering ways to fundraise for the structure. We will be reaching out to additional community members in the next few weeks who may be interested in assisting with fundraising efforts. In the meantime, if you would like to give to the Stone Barn project, please go to https://donate.usask.ca/online/advancement.php
Thank you for your interest in and support for this iconic project.
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Saskatchewan
In 2022, President Stoicheff struck a working group to advise on the feasibility of future planning for the stone barn and to develop recommendations on a renewed, realistic and informed path forward for the structure. In its first phase, the working group considered the barn from many perspectives, including:
- Historical significance
- Structural integrity
- Related land use and transportation corridor plans
- USask's Heritage Principles
The development and alignment of the USask Heritage Principles have been a key part of this process, along with a recommendation that the next phase of visioning for the stone barn structure begin, with more detailed stakeholder engagement/brainstorming. It is anticipated that from broader community engagement and conversations, unique ideas can be realized and potential partners can be identified.
Please join us for a community visioning event on Wednesday, May 24. Details are included in the following invitation. If you are unable to attend, a feedback portal is live on this site to collect thoughts and input.
To help create your vision, use the Stone Barn storyboard document below to learn more about the architecture of the Stone Barn and explore potential options for re-use. The storyboards will be on display at the in-person event.
USask is reaching out to community members to assist with developing a vision for the Stone Barn. We are asking community members to submit their ideas about how the structure and grounds may best be repurposed, consistent with our Heritage Principles. Survey responses were received until June 1, 2023 and collected in hardcopy at the May 24 visioning event.