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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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Riversdale-Caswell Buildings

A.L. Cole Pumphouse

A.L. Cole Pumphouse

145 Spadina Crescent West
Era: Pre World War I Era

The Pumphouse is the only surviving remnant of the original Saskatoon Power Plant, later renamed A.L. Cole Power Plant. It provided electricity to the City of Saskatoon from 1911, when it was built, through its expansion and transfer to the Saskatchewan Power Corporation in 1929, and further expansion in the 1950s. After the Queen Elizabeth Power Station was built, A. L. Cole provided back-up electricity for the city until 1983, when it was completely decommissioned.

The Pumphouse supplied water from the river to cool the power plant generators. As the only remaining historic building in River Landing and the only remnant of the A. L. Cole Power Plant’s industrial legacy, the Pumphouse has important historical significance for Saskatoon. The City of Saskatoon is aiming to offer the Pumphouse for lease for commercial purposes in the next few years, possibly for a bistro type of activity.

Site Information:

Free Parking No Disabled Access

Fire Hall #1

City of Saskatoon Fire Hall No. 1 (1964)

125 Idylwyld Drive South
Era: Modern Era

Fire Station #1, designed by George Kerr in a modern style, is the administrative centre for Saskatoon Fire & Protection Services and provides emergency services for Saskatoon's downtown core, including river rescue. It houses 20 firefighters (four battalions) to man the three pumper units and one aerial unit. This is actually the second Fire Station #1. The first was built in 1908 on 23rd Street but was demolished in 1965 for the construction of the Saskatoon Main Public Library.

* Please remember, the Fire Station is operational at all times, calls are a priority.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Public Washrooms Street Parking

Architects Building

Architects Building (1940)

202 Avenue B
Era: World War II Era

The Royal Canadian Air Force operated this building as a part of their military establishment at the Saskatoon airport, as a lecture /training Hall for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCAP) from September 1940 to March 1945. In 1950 the building was cut in half and moved onto a new foundation at the present site. The location of the cut is visible in the building. After relocation of the building in 1950, it was occupied by the Saskatchewan Farmers Union and used for offices, meetings and as a dance hall. From 1966 to 2001 was owned by Great West Supply and Findings. Today, the building is shared by three Architectural firms: The Architects Collaborative, Edwards Edwards McEwen Architects and March Schaffel Architects Ltd.

The form, scale, and massing are typical of utilitarian military huts of BCAP in Canadian cities. The building has a original Wood truss roof structure and tongue and groove wood roof decking. The original stepped entries and porches remain on the west, south and east elevations of the building.

Site Information:

Free Parking Near Bus Route

Bus Barns

Former Saskatoon Transit Facility (Bus Barns) (1964)

301 24th Street West (south building only)
Era: Post WWII Era

Saskatoon Transit operated on two sites within the Caswell Hill neighbourhood from 1913 to 2017. The existing buildings on the two sites have an interesting construction history. The north buildings were constructed between 1948 and 1984, and include four separate structures joined together by the various additions. The original south building, known as the “bus barns”, was constructed in 1964 and has been expanded through six additions between 1969 and 1990.

The area is currently in transition, as efforts such as environmental testing, remediation and servicing upgrades are made to ensure the redevelopment of the former Saskatoon Transit facilities/sites shift from a historic industrial area to a more compatible land use in the neighbourhood, as outlined in the South Caswell Concept Plan.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Near Bus Route #5 Free Parking

Abbeyfield House

Abbeyfield House

1320 Avenue K South
Era: Technology Era

Abbeyfield Saskatoon is patterned on the Abbeyfield model which provides “a home within a home” for independent seniors who seek companionship and a safe, affordable environment. The three principles of Abbeyfield homes are: residents first; part of a community; and, concept of a home. The home is a 6000 square foot bungalow with 10 bed-sitting rooms with three a piece ensuite. The home also boasts a communal living room, dining area, solarium, kitchen, activity room, and guest room. Built in 2005, Abbeyfield House sits on the grounds of the former Sanatorium property across from Holiday Park.

Please note Abbeyfield house will not be open until 1 PM.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Public Washrooms Bus Route #9 Free Parking


Shrine of Blessed Nun Martyrs Olympia & Laurentia , St George's Cathedral, and Musee Ukrainian

215 - 222 Avenue M South
Era: Museum & Shrine - Technology Era; Cathedral – WWII Era

The Shrine of Blessed Nun Martyrs Olympia & Laurentia holds the icon for two martyrs, Nun and Martyr Sister Olympia (Bida) and Nun and martyr Sister Lavrentia (Herasymiv). Both Nuns were sentenced to lifelong exile in the Tomsk region of Siberia for “anti-Soviet activities”. Learn more.

Note: The Cathedral will be open from 12:00 - 2:30pm only due to religious ceremonies for Pentecost Sunday.

Musee Ukraina Museum is proud to share its ethnographic collection with visitors from all parts of the world. The collection, compromised of over 20,000 artifacts represents the spiritual, material, and cultural traditions of Canadians of Ukrainian heritage. Through its exhibits, educational programs, and interactive activities the museum highlights the contributions of Ukrainian people to Saskatchewan and Canada. The Museum was officially opened to the public on August 28, 1955 in temporary facilities. The existing building was constructed and completed in 2012 with a second level renovation completed in 2017. Learn more.

The Cathedral Construction of the current church of the parish was begun in 1939 and completed in 1943. The church is a massive masonry structure that stands on a high concrete basement measuring 104 x 90 feet with intersecting wings that are 30 feet wide.

Its architectural plan is a four-column, seven-domed, cruciform-shaped, Byzantine-style basilica with north, south and east apses. The central area of the church is dominated by a large octagonal dome, which is reinforced by the arcades of the vaulted ceilings and is supported by four massive octagonal columns. Each side of the octagonal drums supporting the dome has two arched windows that collectively illuminate the dome.

The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George equals other monumental buildings of Canada, in architectural and artistic expression. Learn more.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Public Washrooms - Museum Bus Route #2 Free Parking

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