Discover Your Neighbors:
A Celebration of
Built Heritage

Sunday June 7, 2015
Noon to 5 pm

Welcome To Doors Open Saskatoon

Welcome to Doors Open Saskatoon. 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 Neighbourdhood Buildings (2015 listings)

Delta Bessborough

Delta Bessborough Hotel (1912)

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-story 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 have stayed at the Delta Bessborough Hotel.

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Disabled Access Public Washrooms Restaurant Available Metered Parking

Avenue Building

St. John's Cathedral (1932)

816 Spadina Cres E

Described as "a source of pride to the entire city" during its construction in 1913, St. John's Cathedral has served as the cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon since 1932. The stunning gothic revival building features gargoyles, English terracotta detailing and the tallest steeple in western Canada, as well as more stained glass than any church in Saskatoon. The columbarium, constructed in the undercroft of the cathedral in the mid-1990s, has won two architectural heritage awards.

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Disabled Access Public Washrooms Street Parking Free Parking Near bus route

Capital Music

Capital Music

244 1st Avenue North

Information Coming Soon

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Food or Beverage Services On Duty Staff/Custodian/Security Near Bus Route First Aid

Saskatoon Police Service

Saskatoon Police Service

76 25th Street East

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Disabled Access On Duty Staff/Custodian/Security Public Washrooms Free Parking Near Bus Route #7 First Aid

Cameco Saskatoon Heritage Society Tourism Saskatoon Saskatchewan Association of Architects