246 - 19th Street West
STATEMENT OF HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE
The John and Olive Diefenbaker Museum, located at 246 -19th Street West in Prince Albert, was the primary residence of former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker from 1947 to 1957. The house was built in 1912 and donated to the City of Prince Albert by John and Olive Diefenbaker in 1975 for it to be converted into a museum. The building was opened to the public as a museum in 1983 and is operated by the Prince Albert Historical Society.
HERITAGE VALUE OF DIEFENBAKER HOUSE/MUSEUM
The heritage value of the Diefenbaker House I Museum lies in its status as a primary residence for the former Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker. This house was the residence of John G. Diefenbaker immediately prior to his becoming Prime Minister of Canada and is furnished with articles from both his Prince Albert and Ottawa homes as it was in Mr. Diefenbaker's day. Within the museum you will find artifacts and photographs of Canada's thirteenth Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Prince Albert from 1953 to 1979. Mr. Diefenbaker let his name stand as the PC candidate for Prince Albert in the 1953 election. The campaign and its slogan, “Not a partisan cry, but a national need," captured the imagination of Prince Albert voters and Diefenbaker was elected. John Diefenbaker was Canada’s Prime Minister from 1957 to 1963. The significance of the home reflects on Mr. Diefenbaker's private and political life personified throughout the furniture, home decor and memorabilia, which are displayed throughout the building. This home served as his home and primary residence for ten years from 1947 to 1957 and citizens across Canada recognized the community of Prince Albert as a key factor in connecting Mr. Diefenbaker's persona bonding "ordinary" folk to his vision and political passions.
CHARACTER DEFINING ELEMENTS
The character-defining elements of the Olive and John G. Diefenbaker Museum include:
• Original interior elements, including wallpaper, built-in shelving, moldings, staircases, radiators, fixtures, fittings, trims, baseboards, flooring, and decorative wall elements;
• Dormers flanking shed dormer in the center;
• Heavily textured stucco;
• Peak over front entry;
• The pattern of the boards in all elevations;
• Fenestration patterns (how windows are set up)
This property has been designated as being of architectural, historical or natural value under theCity of Prince Albert Bylaw No. 16 of 2014 - Designation of Heritage Property - Diefenbaker House.