The Battleford Town Hall / Opera House was built in 1912. Initially, approval was given to spend $25,000 in its construction, however, the final cost to the Town was $40,000. The building was designed by architect, W.W. LaChance of Saskatoon and built by Pigott and Son of Hamilton, Ontario. The structure is distinctive with a red brick exterior, Tyndall Stone embellishments, two storey pillasters and prominent entablature and cornices.
At various times, the building housed an RCMP detachment and jail, public library, Parks & Recreation
Department, civic departments such as fire and water, and municipal offices for
both the Town of Battleford and the RM of Battle River. The Opera House was the venue of
choice for many community events - school plays, high
school graduations, basketball games, live theatre, musical talent
nights, Christmas concerts, dances, and firemen's banquets.
A persistently leaky roof was fixed by installing a false roof, which unfortunately blew off in a windstorm one Tuesday night in June of 1926, taking out three light posts on 1st Avenue.
1965, fire damaged the Opera House and the administrative offices on
the building's ground floor. Renovations saw the reopening of the
administrative offices on the ground floor, however, the Opera House
remained scarred by the fire.
Excerpt from the Saskatchewan Herald, January 20th, 1923
Courtesy of the City of North Battleford Historic Archives