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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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Nutana-Broadway Buildings

Marr Residence

Marr Residence (1884)

326 - 11th Street East

Photo credit: Daryl Mitchell

The Marr Residence built in 1884 by pioneer Alexander Marr is the oldest house in Saskatoon still on its original site. It is a two-bedroom private home built in the Second Empire style with mansard roof and dormers, a look popular in Canada in the 1870s and 1880s. The lumber to build the house was floated down the South Saskatchewan River from Medicine Hat. It was used as one of the field hospitals during the Riel Resistance in 1885. It was the first time that nurses were officially recognized as a component of military field forces. Alexander Marr, a stone mason, built the Little Stone School, now on the U of S campus. Purchased by the City of Saskatoon in 1979, and refurbished primarily by the Meewasin Valley Authority, the Marr is designated as a Municipal Heritage Site. The Marr is also a National Historic site. Adjacent to the house is the lovely Marr Garden Park.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Public Washrooms First Aid Station

Kindrachuk Agrey Building

Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture (2015)

120 616 Main Street

Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture had been in the Broadway area for many years when it decided to construct a new headquarters across the street, incorporating the firm's principles of context, collaboration and sustainability. The result is an energy efficient, mixed-use building with retail and professional office space that opened in 2015. Kindrachuk Agrey's space is dominated by a stunning perforated green steel ribbon that acts as a focal point connecting the two levels of the workplace. The ribbon is an acoustic absorber and screens the main mechanical distribution while morphing into a magnetic and writable surface for meeting areas. Extensive consultation with staff during design led to a reduction in personal workstation space and an increase in collaborative areas. The building has achieved gold certification under the LEED Canada green building rating system.

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Disabled Access Public Washrooms Free Parking Near Bus Route, 1, 6, 15, 8

Empyreal Building - Brainspport

Brainsport Building (1919)

616 10th Street East

One hundred years ago, Herbert Martin, owner of H.L. Martin Lumber company and a city counsellor, constructed this simple two-storey building with its “false front” clapboard siding and pilasters painted in contrasting colours. After undergoing surgery in 1925 Martin died young and in 1928 C. H. Wentz bought the company and the building. He was responsible for the striking billboard ridge sign on the roof. Wentz used the building in the lumber trade until the 1950s. In 1990 Lyle Lamb bought it, renamed it the Empyreal Building and 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 ridge billboard earning a City of Saskatoon Heritage Award. Since the 1960s a variety of businesses have called the building home including Emily’s Jazz Restaurant, Vintage Arts Sales Gallery, the Bike Doctor, Cantrill Muscle Therapy and Neon Studio. Today, Brainsport, the elite store for runners, occupies what was an unheated storage area for lumber. The soaring A-frame columns once used for stacking lumber are now highlighted as display shelving for running shoes. The hardwood underfoot is the recycled gym floor from Bedford Road Collegiate. Leopold's Tavern is in what was the office area, and McInnes Physiotherapy occupies the nails and hardware storage area.

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Public Washrooms Free Parking Disabled Access

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