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Sunday June 2, 2019

Welcome To Doors Open Saskatoon

We are pleased to invite you to join us for an afternoon of fun peeking behind doors that are not normally open to the public or would normally charge an entrance fee.

Many locations have organized guided tours, displays and activities to enrich the visitor experience.

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Downtown Buildings

McLean Block

McLean Block (1912)

267 3rd Avenue South

The McLean Block was built in 1912 by Thompson, Daniel and Colhurst in the prairie vernacular style. The heritage value of the McLean Block lies in its architecture. It is representative of the commercial buildings erected in Saskatoon during the pre-World War I building boom. Constructed of brick and stone, the building presented the image of permanency and modernism desired by the burgeoning business community during the period. The street level featured large windows typically used to showcase consumer goods, but the distinct brick-and-stone pattern of the façade of the upper floor helped distinguish the building from others built along Third Avenue during this period. The McLean Block is now home to Ayden Kitchen & Bar on the ground floor. A collection of independent commercial studios including Holly Decker Makeup Artistry, Hair by Dani, Vandenburg Tattoos in the heritageHUB is on the second floor while the Community Radio Station CFCR occupies the third floor. The tour will focus on the second floor and the CFCR radio space on the third. The Souleio Foods project which predated Ayden Kitchen & Bar earned a 2009 Municipal Heritage Design Award.

Site Information:

Near Bus Route On Duty Staff Public Washrooms Street Parking

St. John’s Cathedral

St. John’s Cathedral (1917)

816 Spadina Crescent East

Constructed in 1917 as St. John's Anglican parish church. The church became the Cathedral for the Diocese of Saskatoon in 1924. Musicians use the building for teaching on the grand piano and on the two-manual Casavant Frères organ installed in 1981-82. The cathedral has been the site of important public events such as playing host to visits by members of the Royal Family and by Governors-General, the memorial service for the Queen Mother, and annual services to mark the Battle of the Atlantic. In 1997 a Columbarium was constructed in the undercroft of the Cathedral. The Columbarium provides a secure, peaceful and serene alternative to outdoor cemeteries. Available to all faiths where generations can come to remember and visit in comfort. The columbarium project was the recipient of two architectural heritage awards from the Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Society. One was for the exterior work associated with the Columbarium entrance and the other for adaptive reuse for the Columbarium itself.

Site Information:

Disabled Access First Aid Station On or Near Bus Route On Duty Staff Public Washrooms Paid Parking

Tour volunteers will be available at stations inside and outside the building

St. Tropez Bistro

St. Tropez Bistro (1906)

238 2nd Avenue South

St. Tropez Bistro was built in 1906 by Albert Herman Hanson to house his real estate office on the second floor and the first branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia on the main floor. The building was later occupied by Holliday-Scott Interiors and they added the spiral staircase in the main area. Colin Holliday-Scott, who also owned the Louis Riel Coffee House on Broadway Ave, infamously turned down a young Joni Mitchell at his coffee shop.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Food/Beverage Service On or Near Bus Route On Duty Staff Paid Parking

Wallstreet Common

Wallstreet Common (1928)

310 Wall Street

Photo credit: D'Arce McMillan

Wall Street Common has provided co-working offices and collaborative space for self-employed and freelance professionals for four years. Exposed brick, and wood beams and floors dominate in this trendy historical warehouse where members enjoy lounges, meeting rooms, business services and opportunities for networking. The building was constructed in 1928 for Sterling Hardware and Millworks back when the neighbourhood was dominated by warehouses served by the railways. The company used this facility as office and warehouse space. Sterling, which had its own catalog service, occupied the site for decades and over time constructed several adjacent buildings. Sterling ended operations in 2002.

Site Information:

Free Parking Paid Parking

Delta Bessborough

Delta Hotels by Marriott Bessborough (1935)

601 Spadina Crescent East

The Delta Bessborough is Saskatoon's landmark building, affectionately known as the Castle on the River. Designed by Archibald-Schofield of Montreal, with warm brick from Claybank in Southern Saskatchewan, this ten-storey hotel is located in the heart of downtown Saskatoon.

The hotel was designed in the Chateau-style and built by the Canadian National Railway from 1928 to 1932. The Bessborough Hotel officially opened on December 10, 1935, with 1,000 people at the opening dance.

It was the last of the grand railway hotels built in Canada. Such a hotel is a kind of world on its own, with wonderful exterior and interior features. Original features include plaster relief art in the Battleford Ballroom and recovered chandelier medallions in the William Pascoe Foyer. The exterior boasts a copper roof along with Tyndall stone heraldic emblems, gargoyles and grotesques.

Each Prime Minister and Governor General to visit Saskatoon since 1935 has stayed at the Delta Bessborough Hotel.

We will conduct tours on the hour at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Food and Beverage Service On or Near a Bus Route Paid Parking Public Washrooms

Senator Hotel

Senator Hotel (1908)

243 21st Street East

Photo credit: Daryl Mitchell

Originally constructed in Victorian style, the hotel has been in existence since 1908. Recently upgraded with many modern enhancements, the Hotel Senator captures today's efficiency while the beautiful details such as the marble staircase and original chandeliers remain. The hotel has previously been used as a movie set for a film called "Caught In The Headlights", as well as playing host for the artist gift bag pickup for the 2007 Juno Awards.

Tours will leave from the lobby every 15 minutes.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Public Washrooms Metered Parking

Drinkle building No 3

Drinkle Building No 3 (1913)

115 3rd Avenue South

Photo credit: D'Arce McMillan

Saskatoon was booming when wealthy real-estate developer John Drinkle hired Thompson and Crockart to design an ambitious 10-storey office building to be the tallest and finest in the city. But the boom went bust and the building was topped off at just five storeys in 1913. With the city still struggling, the upper floors were converted to apartments in 1919. Today, food and retail dominate the street level and basement and apartment tenants enjoy 12-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and a rooftop garden. The north facade features a 72-foot mural featuring portraits of seven city founders. The south facade mural by Josh Jacobson depicts silhouettes of geese superimposed on Saskatoon landmarks.

Site Information:

Disabled Access On or Near Bus Route On Duty Staff Public Washrooms Street Parking

Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Saskatoon Star Phoenix (1967)

204 5th Avenue North

Photo credit: D'Arce McMillan

The newspaper can trace its roots to 1902 when the Saskatoon Phoenix first published. In 1928 it and the Daily Star were bought by the Sifton family and amalgamated. In 1967 the daily got a new home designed by Winnipeg architects Moody, Moore, Whenham and Partners in the Early Modern Style. The grand front staircase was designed by then-owner Michael G. Sifton. Now owned by Postmedia News Inc. the StarPhoenix building houses the news, advertising and production operations. The GOSS four level printing press prints both the StarPhoenix and Regina Leader Post.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Free Parking

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