Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation
SHF Property - Claybank National Historic Site
Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site
The Claybank Brick Plant in full operation, 1930.
The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation has acquired one heritage property:
The former Claybank Brick Plant, located west of Avonlea, was acquired by the Heritage Foundation through donation in 1992. The Plant was officially designated as a National Historic Site in 1994, and as a Provincial Heritage Property in 1998. The complex, which operated from its construction in 1912-1914 to closure in 1989, represents a unique aspect of Saskatchewan's industrial heritage. During its years of operation Claybank produced both refractory (heat resistant) brick for various industrial uses throughout North America, as well as a variety of face brick utilized in the construction of private homes and public buildings in numerous Saskatchewan communities, and across Canada.
As it has since its inception in 1993, the community-based friends group, the Claybank Brick Plant Historical Society, provides support to the Heritage Foundation respecting the promotion and interpretation of this unique heritage site. The Society provides guided tours of the site during the summer months, as well as special programming for school groups. Other activities of the Society include promotion of the Brick Plant and program fundraising.
Claybank Heritage Day
To enable continued rehabilitation of the site, the Foundation entered into a five-year Agreement under the Parks Canada National Cost-Sharing Program that provided up to $1 million in matching funds to the Claybank project from 1999 to 2003 to help offset restoration and other costs specified in the agreement. In addition, Parks Canada has generously donated the services of a variety of their technical experts for consultation at the site. More recently, an additional allocation of $175,000 from Parks Canada in 2010-2011, matched by the Heritage Foundation and the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport - assisted in the investigation, stabilization and conservation of a number of Level 1 components at the site, including stock sheds, kilns and masonry smoke stacks.