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Addison Sod House to Receive Heritage Award

Addison Sod House to Receive Heritage Award


The family of the Addison Sod House, as well as the Friends of the Addison Sod House Committee (FASH), are pleased to announce that the Addison Sod House will be a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Heritage Award.
The Addison Sod Home is 106 years old. It is the only sod house still standing with a family member living in it from homestead to present day.
James Addison and his family moved into the two-storey home in 1911. Addison was a skilled carpenter who was determined to build a sturdy design. He constructed a base of four feet tapered to three feet of interlocking sod brick walls, a technique that prevented the gradual collapse that led to the demise of other sod houses. The exterior of the sod was initially protected by vines and is now covered by siding.
Most homesteaders replaced their sod homes as soon as possible. Addison considered building a new house, and his neighbors teased him that his “soddie” was as good and could outlast the new houses being built. They were right!
Throughout the years, the family increasingly recognized the home’s historical significance and dedicated themselves to its preservation.
After Addison’s passing in 1963, his daughter Edith Gardiner lived in the house. It is now home to granddaughter Lenore McTaggart, who is often available for visits and tours of the building.
The Lieutenant Governor Award will recognize the family in the category of “Long Term Stewardship of a Heritage Property.”
The ceremony will take place at Government House in Regina on June 14, 2017 at 5 p.m. The Honourable Mrs. Vaughn Solomon Schofield will present the award to the family.
The Addison Sod House is a Provincial Heritage Property and a National Historic Site, located north of Kindersley, Saskatchewan.


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Date Updated: August 21, 2017 - 4:29 PM