Created By: neighbourhood history group
This home was built in 1914 and declared a municipal heritage property in 1997 in recognition of Edwin Sneath, a prominent local lawyer who lived in the home from 1922 to 1944. However, its most well known resident was Tommy Douglas who lived in this home from 1944 to 1962.
The Douglas’s lived in this home the entire time Tommy Douglas was Premier of Saskatchewan. There were surely many conversations around the dining room table or with a cup of tea in the living room on the momentous advancements made by the government Douglas led, including the implementation of the health care system which has since become Canada’s national Medicare system. These walls surely hold many stories if only they could talk!
Douglas is recognized as one of the founders of Medicare. He was popularly recognized as the Greatest Canadian in a 2004 national poll.
Over the years the various owners of the home have renovated and updated the interior. As a result, it is very nearly impossible to discern what interior aspects are original and what are the result of the changes made over the years. There are a few details which are believed to be original – oak French doors into the living room for example – that fortunately have been retained. There are also a few details which are believed to be from the era the Douglas’s lived in the home that have been retained.
The current owners bought the home in 1996 and did various renovations including restoring the pillars supporting the front portico. The home’s interior was extensively renovated in 2013-14 including home infrastructure updates.
The front façade of the home has largely kept its original appearance, renovations that have been made have not changed the character of this heritage property.
More information can be found in Canada's Registry of Historic Places.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Historic Cathedral Village