Description of Historic Place
The Former Jean Caron Sr. House is located at the south end of Batoche National Historic Site. It is a simple, rectangular cottage with an end-facing gable roof, a three bay entrance façade and a central door flanked by two windows. A hipped roof verandah extends the full length of the front elevation. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Former Jean Caron Sr. House is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Former Jean Caron Sr. House is closely associated with the cultural heritage of the Métis population and with the reconstruction of the Métis community after the Rebellion of 1885. It is one of the few surviving structures from the earliest phase of this reconstruction, and because of its documentary value is a rare example of a typical, rural vernacular Métis house, important to the development of the community of Batoche.
The Former Jean Caron Sr. House is valued for its good, simple aesthetic, which is typical of rural Métis construction, and based on local Métis vernacular tradition. The building exhibits good functional design, typical of rural Métis houses in Saskatchewan. The house was constructed using indigenous skills and locally available materials, rough-hewn horizontal logs, dovetail joints at the corners, and both the early covering of twig-lath and mud and the later wood siding. These construction techniques illustrate very good crafts and materials.
The Former Jean Caron Sr. House is compatible with the historic character of Batoche National Historic Site. It is a familiar landmark to staff and visitors at the site.
Shannon Ricketts, Six Buildings in the Batoche National Historic Park, Batoche, Saskatchewan, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 86-081.
Former Jean Caron Sr. House, Batoche National historic Site (Lot 52), Batoche Saskatchewan, Heritage Character Statement 86-081.
The character-defining elements of the Former Jean Caron Sr. House should be respected, for example:
Its good aesthetic and simple, functional design and very good crafts and materials, as evidenced in:
-The simple, rectangular form and one-and-a-half storey massing of the functional structure;
-The main, three-bay façade with a central door and two flanking windows;
-The hipped-roof verandah that extends the full length of the front elevation;
-The walls constructed of locally available materials such as rough-hewn horizontal logs, dovetail joined at the corners, and both the early covering of twig-lath and mud, and the later wood siding.
The manner in which the Former Jean Caron Sr. House is compatible with the historic character of its Batoche National Historic Site setting and is a familiar local landmark, as evidenced by:
-Its overall design and materials that harmonize with the historic setting;
-Its role as an important component of the surviving structures at the Batoche National Historic Site complex that makes it familiar to locals and visitors.