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Building in Saskatoon:
150 Years

Sunday June 4, 2017
Noon to 5 pm

Welcome To Doors Open Saskatoon

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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University Area Buildings (2015 listings)

Bottomley House

Bottomley House (1912)

1118 College Drive

This unique character home was built in 1912 for Richard M. Bottomley of Lancashire, England at a value of $7,000. The features of the Bottomley House closely resemble the Victorian architectural style of a Queen Anne House which includes complex roofs, tall chimneys, wraparound porches, towers and bay windows with large single panes of glass. The Queen Anne style remained popular until the First World War.

Bottomley was a wealthy businessman in the city of Blackburn, Lancashire. Bottomley first visited Saskatoon in 1907 and was so impressed with the city’s growth that he became one of Saskatoon’s largest real estate promoters, organizing the Royal Realty Company in 1912 with Thomas Wiggins and W.D. Cowie, and investing approximately $1.5 million in Saskatoon.

It has been said that when Queen Elizabeth visited Saskatoon in 1978, the appearance of the house was improved since it was located along the Queen’s auto route.

Site Information:

Public Washrooms Limited (free) parking is available on the West side of the building No Disabled Access

* Visitors are asked to remove footwear at the front door and to refrain from sitting on furniture.
* When exploring Bottomley House, feel free to look in the offices from the doorways, but please do not enter offices.
Diefenbaker Centre Building

Diefenbaker Canada Centre (1980)

101 Diefenbaker Place, U of S Campus

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre, designed by architects Moore & Taylor, is the only Prime Ministerial archives, museum and research centre of its kind in Canada. Preserved and exhibited are the papers and memorabilia of Canada 13th Prime Minister, as well as period replica rooms of the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Room.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Public Washrooms Parking Lot (Meters)

* Volunteer interpreters will be available to guide visitors through the museum.

Little Stone School House Building

Little Stone School House (1887)

College Drive, U of S Campus

The Little Stone School House was built in 1887, at Broadway Avenue and 12th Street. Designed and constructed by local stonemason Alexander Marr, the one-room school was built with granite boulders from the surrounding prairie.

When Victoria School opened in 1909, the one-room school was dismantled and relocated, being rebuilt stone by stone in a quiet spot on the University of Saskatchewan grounds.

The University used the building for storage until 1965 when the Saskatoon Council of Women began restorations. The Little Stone School House reopened to the public on June 2, 1967, the same year that it was declared a historical site.

Site Information:

Disabled Access No Public Washrooms Street Parking (Meters)

* Please do not touch exhibits and artifacts. Guided tours will be offered.
University of Saskatchewan Observatory

University of Saskatchewan Observatory

108 Wiggins Road

The observatory is a unique structure on the University of Saskatchewan campus, both in appearance and function. It was built in 1930, with its telescope funded by private donations, and was in use for astronomical observation and research into the 1960s. It was built in the Collegiate Gothic style, primarily with local greystone, to fit in with the other campus buildings. Its roofing, roof ridges, flashing, and gutters are all copper. It has an arched door opening, with oak doors; granite steps; Indiana limestone trim; brick wainscotting; and a slate blackboard framed in oak. The building has three main rooms, including the stone tower, which houses the telescope under an 18-foot-diameter dome. The basement originally housed a coal bin and furnace. Physics students once lived in the basement and kept the coal furnace stoked in return for the use of the quarters. The observatory is now used for a program of public viewing of the stars on scheduled nights.

Site Information:

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Superintendents Residence - Forestry Farm

Superintendents Residence - Forestry Farm

1903 Forestry Drive

The house was built in 1913 as the residence for the superintendent of the Sutherland Forest Nursery Station. It is a two-storey, solid brick building, with three courses of bricks, a full concrete basement, and a full attic with windows. It has maple hardwood floors and fir trim throughout.

The best-known superintendent was the second one, Les Kerr, a botanist who developed many prairie-hardy ornamentals. Over the years, the nursery station became quite famous and had some well-known visitors; for example, Sir H. Rider Haggard, Neville Chamberlain, and Lord and Lady Byng (he was governor general).

The house was restored by a volunteer group (the Friends of the Forestry Farm House) about 15 years ago. As part of the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo, it is owned and now maintained by the City.

Site Information:

Disabled Access Paid Parking On Duty Staff/Custodian/Security

Note: Free access to Forestry Farm with Doors Open Saskatoon button.


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