Kicking off the 2017 Heritage Regina Summer Walking Tours with CTV Regina

Alex Brown from CTV spent some time with Robin Adeney of Heritage Regina learning about the cyclone of 1912 and its impact on the city. To experience the walking tour yourself, make sure you attend Robin’s Walking Tour on July 22

Photo and video credit: CTV Regina

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Heritage Regina at Cathedral Arts Festival – Sod House

Heritage Regina in partnership with Regina Downtown Business Improvement District and Prairie Sod Farm constructed a one-of-a-kind Sod House at the Cathedral Arts Festival. With the extraordinary help of some strong volunteers and a crafty architect, the 2 sided sod house was constructed in little over 2 hours to represent the craftsmanship and skill of early pioneers. Huge Thank you goes out to John Robinson of Robinson Residential for his vision and ingenuity on this project!


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Regina Public Library Albert Branch – Heritage Building For Sale

Regina Public Library (RPL) will be relocating its Albert Branch Library from its current location at 1401 Robinson Street to the new Mâmawêyatitân Centre in the summer of 2017. The intent of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to seek offers to purchase the current Albert Branch property, including the land and building. The Albert Branch building is a designated heritage building and therefore the purchaser(s) must be prepared to accept the restrictions associated with its heritage designation.

A tour of the building is scheduled for 10:00 on Wednesday, July 14th. The building is quite similar to the Connaught Branch and is a designated Municipal Heritage Property.

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Heritage Regina

We are very honoured and excited to announce that the Downtown Regina Cultural Trailway project has recently won a City of Regina Municipal Heritage award for education.

Launched on Saturday, October 1st (during Culture Days 2016) the Downtown Regina Cultural Trailway highlighted the significant cultural and heritage events that transpired in Regina over the course of the past 130 years.

Downtown Regina is home to events that shook the country to its core and altered the course of Canadian history. It is home to buildings influenced by architectural styles that originated on the other side of the world.  People who were changemakers in our nation’s history called Regina home and left their mark on the world.  Most importantly, it is home to local stories waiting to be discovered.   The Cultural Trailway told thirteen unique stories that included locations such as The Leader Building, Union Station and St. Paul’s Cathedral, people such as Louis Riel and significant events such as The Regina Tornado and The Regina Riot.

This project was completed in partnership with Heritage Regina, with research support being provided by William Brennan, Margaret Hryniuk, Frank Korvemaker and Jackie Schmidt and a dedicated Regina Downtown research and design team that included Kent Evans, Dana James and Sheila Farnell.  These combined efforts resulted in three guided Trailway tours, the creation of an informative (and stunning) brochure plus a mobile friendly audio tour option.

“A community’s heritage is inherent in its future.  To really understand where you are headed, you need to know where you came from” notes RDBID Executive Director Judith Veresuk. “It was this thought that spurred the creation of the Downtown Regina Cultural Trailway”.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to our project funders – the Government of Saskatchewan’s Main Street Saskatchewan Program, the City of Regina, the Government of Canada through the Young Canada Works program and Harvard Developments, Inc.

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** Download the izi.Travel app and take an audio walking tour of the Downtown Regina Cultural Trailway **

A Regina Landmark Bids Farewell

Suddenly on March 8, 2017, and as a result of a tragic fire, the Travellers Building passed at the age of 88.  She had been neglected for some time and in poor health.  Designed by architects Storey and Van Egmond in 1929 she played an important role in the commercial development of the city of Regina.  The original developer was George Broder, a local businessman, who is best known as the developer of one of the early neighbourhoods, Broder’s Annex, on his farmland east of Winnipeg Street.  

The main floor initially housed A.B.M. Motors Ltd (car dealership and repair) as well as some smaller businesses such as “Ed’s Lunch”.  The upper floor was occupied by short-term sales offices and space for traveling salesman – where the building gets its name.   Other tenants over the years included Group Medical Services (1949-1964) and use as the city bus terminal (1936-49), but the building’s greatest call to fame was perhaps the second floor Arcadia Ballroom where a 1920’s style horsehair dance floor kept Regina’s population dancing during the difficult depression years and until the end of the War (1929-45).  This leaves Danceland in Watrous, built in 1928 and Rock Church, an 80+ year old former Ukrainian Hall in Saskatoon as the only other original horsehair dance floors in Saskatchewan.   

The Travellers Building was designated as a Municipal Heritage Building in 2001.

She leaves to mourn a heart-broken heritage community and citizens of Regina who ask the questions: “Was this demolition by neglect?” and “What can the community do to make sure that other vacant heritage buildings are re-purposed and do not suffer the same fate?”  Cremation has taken place.  In lieu of flowers and in memory of the Travellers Building please consider attending a Heritage Regina walking tour to learn more about  the history of our city or talk to your city councilor and advocate for preservation of Regina’s Cultural and Built Heritage.

Heritage Regina Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting April 11, 2017

We want to welcome all current members and potential new members to attend Heritage Regina’s 41st Annual General Meeting on April 11th at Knox Metropolitan United Church, 2340 Victoria Ave. Regina at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Please note that only current 2017-18 members will be eligible to vote at the AGM. A copy of the membership renewal form is attached. We are excited to announce that once again we have partnered with Heritage Saskatchewan and the National Trust for Canada to provide you a
reciprocal membership for just $10.00. Details are on the attached form.
Please feel free to bring your membership form along with payment to the AGM or mail prior to the event.

Robert Simpson Company Warehouse, 1050 Broad Street

This pictorial essay was commissioned by Heritage Regina and originated as a result of an e-mail from Jeannie Mah, a Regina-based ceramic artist and Board Member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan. On October 30, 2015 Jeannie reported that an application for demolition of the Simpsons-Sears Warehouse had been received by the City of Regina. As this building is on the City’s Heritage Holding Bylaw, a 60 day assessment process was initiated by the City Administration on or about Oct. 21, 2015 to prepare a report for Council on the heritage value of the building.


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Henderson’s Directories Extracts: 1916-2000

Evolution of Simpson’s as documented in Henderson’s Regina Directories The following entries are taken from Henderson’s Regina Directories.

While the Directories are an excellent source for research information, the data is not always up-to-date or fully accurate, and often entries are a year late, as the annual updates were undertaken before people moved into the premises. New dates are listed below when changes occurred to the directory entry. Some of those revisions likely reflect changes in operation, rebranding of the company name, and mergers. Further research is required to determining exactly when such activities actually took place and what impact they might have had on occupants of the Robert Simpson Company Warehouse and/or Simpson’s other Regina operations. The changing content of those directory advertisement also reflect to some extent the value that the company placed on this form of advertising. By 2000, the last year that the Henderson’s Directories were published in Regina, the entry for the Warehouse was barely noticeable, and in fine print, without any bold print title drawing attention to the company. The following entries are Not to Scale, but are enlarged or reduced in size to make them more suitable for reading.

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