Leipzig Convent

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Leipzig Convent
General information
Architectural style Collegiate Gothic
Location Leipzig
Town or city Reford No. 379, Saskatchewan
Country Canada
Completed Dec. 28, 1927
Cost $87,000
Client School Sisters of Notre Dame
Technical details
Structural system masonry
Size 20,000 sq. foot

The Leipzig Convent (also called the Notre Dame Convent and Boarding School or Notre Dame Convent) is a provincially designated historic building located in the former village of Leipzig now part of the Rural Municipality of Reford No. 379, Saskatchewan, Canada. The property contains a four story building in a Collegiate Gothic style, made of red brick.[1] The school convent is near the Leipzig Church that was built in 1915.

History[edit]

Four nuns from the School Sisters of Notre Dame arrived in Leipzig in Aug. 26, 1926 from Canadian Motherhouse in Hamilton, Ontario and began their work using a small home that would serve as temporary quarters until a larger convent school building could be built the following year.[2]

The building was constructed as a convent and school for 20 girls and boys from the Leipzig area, eventually becoming a residence only from high-school girls and a day elementary school for local boys and girls.[3] Over its 42-year of operate the facility functioned predominately as a high school formally recognized by the Department of Education through which the teachers were inspected and salaried, and the students were issued Departmental exams. With school district amalgamations, the school closed in 1969. The building was subsequently auctioned off and over the next fourth years for times served as a dentist office, bakery and was even purchased by an American group intending to turn it into a hunting lodge.

Sale[edit]

After being a family residence and bed and breakfast, in 2004 the property was placed on the market for $100,000 and included such features as a stone grotto, bakery, tree-lined carriage path, surrounded by spruce, maple and elm trees.[4]

In 2008, the 40 room building was purchased by Gary Corkum, Dan and Ardyth Clark, and over the next two years converted into the Leipzig Serenity Retreat as a retreat for people recovering from addictions.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leipzig Convent". Heritage Properties. Historical Places - A Joint Federal, Provincial and Territorial Initiative. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Notre Dame Convent". "St. Joseph's Colony 1905-1930" A Translation by Lambert and Tillie Schneider. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Life returns to historical convent". Western Producer. Jan 14, 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  4. ^ "Religious real estate". Star Phoenix. Media Post. December 8, 2004. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 

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Coordinates: 52°11′13″N 108°40′51″W / 52.1869°N 108.6808°W / 52.1869; -108.6808