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Building in Saskatoon:
150 Years

Sunday June 4, 2017
Noon to 5 pm

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We are pleased to invite you to join us on Sunday, June 4, 2017 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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Nutana-Broadway Neighbourdhood Buildings (2015 listings)

Marr Residence

Marr Residence (1884)

326 - 11th Street East

Photo credit: Daryl Mitchell

The Marr Residence was originally home to Alexander Marr, a local stonemason who designed and constructed the Little Stone School House, and his family. It is the oldest building on its original site in Saskatoon. The home was used a field hospital for soldiers wounded during the Riel Rebellion in 1885. During this time the Red Cross flag was flown at the Marr Residence for the first time in Canada.

Purchased by the City of Saskatoon in 1979, and refurbished primarily by the Meewasin Valley Authority, it has been designated as a Municipal Heritage Site. The building has a mansard roof with dormers, a style that was popular in Canada in the 1870's and 1880's. The lumber to build the house came from Lake of the Woods and it has retained its original floors. Adjacent to the house is the lovely Marr Garden Park.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Public Washrooms Guided Tours Street Parking

* Staff in period costume will provide tours of the Marr Residence.
Nutana Collegiate Building

Nutana Collegiate (1910)

411 11th Street East

Photo credit: Daryl Mitchell

Nutana Collegiate, formerly Saskatoon Collegiate, opened in 1910. Story and Van Egmond built the school in the Classic French Renaissance style. The building provided the first public meeting place in Saskatoon and also housed the first U of S classes.

Nutana Collegiate still operates as a school and is home to the Memorial Art Gallery, a collection of Canadian paintings to honour men who gave their lives in World War I and II, including works by Allan Sapp, Mulcaster, E.Linder and F.Loveroff. In 2007, Nutana was designated a Canadian Academy of Travel & Tourism School, the first in Saskatchewan.

Notable graduates of Nutana Collegiate include former Prime Minister of Canada, John Diefenbaker and Ray Hnatyshyn, former Governor General of Canada, among others.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Public Washrooms Free Parking Near Bus Route


Empyreal Building - Brainspport

Empyreal Building - Brainsport

616 10th Street East

In 1919, H.L. Martin, owner of the H.L. Martin Lumber company, built this simply designed two story building with its “False Front”, clapboard siding and pilasters painted in contrasting colour. The second owner C. H. Wentz who bought the building in 1928 was responsible for the striking billboard ridge sign on the roof of the building which originally advertised Wentz lumber business. Wentz continue to use the building in the lumber trade until the 1950s when it was occupied by a variety of businesses. In 1990 the building was bought by Lyle Lamb who began preserving and restoring the exterior while adapting the interior for other uses. In 1992 with the help of a grant from the Heritage Incentive Program, he restored the billboard ridge sign earning a City of Saskatoon Heritage award.

Since the 1960s the building has been occupied by a variety of businesses in cluding Emily’s Jazz Restaurant, Vintage Arts Sales Gallery, the Bike Doctor, Cantrill Muscle Therapy, Neon Studio among others. Currently Brainsport occupies what was an unheated storage area for lumber, Duck Duck Goose is in what was the office area, and Cantrill Muscle Therapy occupies the nails and hardware storage area.

Site Information:

Public Washrooms Free Parking Disabled Access

Grace-Westminster United Church Building

Grace-Westminster United Church Building

505 10th Street East

In 1884, the Methodist Church acquired land at the corner of Tenth Street and Eastlake Avenue where in 1893 the first church was dedicated. This building was replaced in 1910 with Grace Church named after Grace Fletcher an early member and supporter. Continued growth in the congregation resulted in the need for a third building still in use today, designed by David Webster in the gothic style. From 1913 a second church Westminster Presbyterian Church served the neighbourhood. In 1925 the creation of the United Church of Canada united the Presbyterian and Methodist churches. By the 1960s both congregations were declining, leading to the amalgamation of the two congregations into Grace-Westminster Church using the building on Tenth Street because of the building amenities.

Stained glass windows honour pioneers of the early church, the Eby, Smith and Lusk families and Grace Fletcher. Windows from Westminster Church were moved to the church after 1968. A Memorial Courtyard has been created on Tenth Street with historical signage introducing a building that continues to serve the community.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Food or Beverage Service On Duty Staff/Custodian/Security Public Washrooms Free Parking Near Bus Route


St. Joseph Church

St. Joseph Church

535 8th Street East

The first Roman Catholic Mass in the Nutana area of Saskatoon was celebrated in the basement of the Sommerfeld Block on Broadway Ave. by Fr. Ludovic LaRose, omi, in 1917. For the next ten years, priests came from St. Paul’s across the river tominister to the Catholic faith community in various locations in the Broadway area. In January, 1928, St. Joseph’s was officially established as a parish, the third for Saskatoon and the first on the east side of the river.

St. Joseph’s church, of Romanesque style, was built in 1928, according to a design by architect Gentil Verbeke. The contractor was Denis Shannon of Shannon Brothers Construction, with the project overseen by the pastor, Fr. Bartholomew Kennedy, omi. The church was officially opened on March 3, 1929 and blessed by Bishop Joseph-Henri Prud’homme of the Diocese of Prince Albert on June 23, 1929.

Renovations to the worship space were made in 1970-1975 in accordance with the liturgical changes of Vatican II; stained glass windows were installed during that time. The parish was served by Oblates of St. Peter’s and St. Mary’s provinces from 1928 to 2000 and again from 2010 to the present. From Building the Church, Living the Gospel: The Cathedrals and Parish Churches of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Public Washrooms Free Parking Near Bus Route

Kindrachuk Agrey Building

Kindrachuk Agrey Building (1929)

619 Main Street

The Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture Building was built in 1929 for the City of Saskatoon's Engineering Department. The building is an eclectic mix of both modern-style and classic industrial features.

Originally serving as an electrical sub-station for the Nutana area, the Kindrachuk Agrey building provided low voltage DC power to Saskatoon's electric streetcar system. The building was restored in 2001 and has retained its original industrial roots with an exposed brick interior, wood roof framing and numerous steel details.

The Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture Building is notorious in Saskatoon as it was used as a storage site for PCB's (polycholorinated biphenyls) from 1983 to 1990.

Site Information:

No Disabled Access Free Parking


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