Bagshaw Demolition Denied, But Heritage Still in Jeopardy

Demolition Denied, But Heritage Still in Jeopardy

by Heritage Regina

 
At its August 26th meeting, City Council voted unanimously to deny the demolition application for the Bagshaw Residence at 56 Angus Crescent and to begin the heritage designation process for the home. Although this is great news for the property, the home’s journey from Heritage Inventory to official heritage designation is far from certain. City Council will again discuss the matter at its October 28th meeting when the current property owners have the opportunity to object to the proposed designation of the home.

It would be easy to drive by the Bagshaw Residence today and write it off. At a glance, it is obvious that the home needs new shingles and eavestroughs. Some of its windows and screens need repair and it could use a fresh coat of paint. In short, the exterior of the home—the only part of the property that would be covered by a heritage designation—needs the care and attention that any other 107-year old home in Regina would require.

But the property also deserves to be viewed within the much larger context of its long-time owners (Frederick and Esther Bagshaw) and prominent architect (Frederick Clemesha) and their substantial contributions to the development of Regina, the province and Canada. The home needs to be appreciated for its unusual Craftsman-style design. It merits recognition for the role it continues to play in enhancing the unique character of the neighbourhood. These are the character-defining elements that make the Bagshaw Residence worthy of protection under a Municipal Heritage Property Designation.

When the City established its Heritage Holding Bylaw (now Heritage Inventory) in 1989, the intent was to prevent the destruction of historical properties that the City felt might warrant a heritage designation. The Bagshaw Residence was among the first homes added to the Bylaw list.

Recently, a new trend seems to be emerging regarding homes on that list. It is becoming more common for a heritage home to be purchased by buyers who know the property is listed on the City’s Heritage Inventory. They are not seeking a residence for themselves, but a redevelopment opportunity. They “roll the dice” and purchase the property, hoping that it will never be designated. They decline the City’s offer of financial incentives to restore and conserve the heritage home and apply for a demolition permit so they can tear down the building, redevelop the site and then resell the property. When the demolition application is paused to let the City consider a heritage designation for the property, the owners argue that the home they willingly purchased is unsafe, too expensive to rehabilitate and cannot to be resold. We see this pattern playing out with the Bagshaw Residence.

This is a concerning development because the history and architecture of heritage homes are vital to retaining the character of older neighbourhoods. When heritage homes in the Cathedral area are purchased only for the redevelopment potential of their lots, the community loses its tangible connections to Regina’s history along with the distinctiveness of its streetscapes.

We need to change the conversation around the value of heritage properties in Regina. There needs to be a greater focus on the economic benefits of restoring heritage homes, including the jobs created in construction, engineering, interior design and landscaping.

There needs to be a greater emphasis on heritage tourism. Visitors want to experience the historically, architecturally and culturally significant areas of our city. If we don’t conserve and promote our heritage sites, we lose out on the economic benefits enjoyed by other municipalities across Canada. Imagine St. John’s without its iconic “Jelly Bean” rowhouses, for example. Or Quebec City without the 400-year old architecture of its Old Quebec district.

There needs to be greater attention paid to the environmental benefits of conserving heritage homes. By choosing restoration over demolition, greenhouse gas emissions and the volume of materials that end up in our landfills are substantially reduced.

There also needs to be some consideration given to protecting the character of heritage neighbourhoods where an infill project is a possibility. City Council is already moving in this direction and has tasked its Administration with preparing a report on implementing an Architectural Control District for the Crescents neighbourhood. As part of Regina’s Official Community Plan, the control district aims to maintain architectural design standards in order to ensure development or infill projects are compatible with the heritage character of the neighbourhood. The Diocese of Qu’Appelle property at Broad Street and College Avenue is an example of an Architectural Control District.

From a heritage perspective, applying an Architectural Control District to the Crescents neighbourhood is a good approach to protecting the architectural character of the community in cases where a property does not meet the criteria needed for a heritage designation. The Administration’s report, due in early 2021, may be used as a guide for future heritage neighbourhoods.

As for the Bagshaw Residence, the criteria required to be granted a Municipal Heritage Property Designation have been met. It is up to City Council to make it happen.

 


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Bagshaw Residence Goes To City Council on Oct 28

LINK: Heritage Regina and Cathedral Area Community Association response to the application for removal of the Bagshaw Residence

Regina Votes


Municipal Candidates Views on Heritage

Friends of Heritage,

To help citizens get to know the candidates in the Civic Election, Heritage Regina sent five heritage related questions by email to 52 candidates. The 53rd candidate did not have an email address available. We received 18 responses to our enquiry. We encourage you to review the responses received by those running in your Ward and from the Mayoral Candidates. Please feel free to ask these questions of candidates you meet during the election.

Please note: No changes have been made to any responses submitted except for formatting. Ward 4 was declared by acclamation so no responses were requested.

Thank You for your interest in Heritage and for supporting Heritage Regina

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Ward 6

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Ward 8

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Ward 10


Municipal Candidates Views on Heritage

Friends of Heritage,

To help citizens get to know the candidates in the Civic Election, Heritage Regina sent five heritage related questions by email to 52 candidates. The 53rd candidate did not have an email address available. We received 18 responses to our enquiry. We encourage you to review the responses received by those running in your Ward and from the Mayoral Candidates.   Please feel free to ask these questions of candidates you meet during the election.

Please note:  No changes have been made to any responses submitted except for formatting. Ward 4 was declared by acclamation so no responses were requested.

Thank You for your interest in Heritage and for supporting Heritage Regina.

Ward 1

Ward 2

Ward 3

Ward 5

Ward 6

Ward 7

Ward 8

Ward 9

Ward 10

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Proposed Redevelopment of the Cook House

 Proposed Redevelopment of the Cook House

(3160 Albert St)

Cook House – photo credit Deirdre Malone

Your Voice Counts!

To ensure that your opinion is considered in this important matter, please complete the City of Regina Proposed Development Comment Form using File # 20202128 .

 

LINK: City of Regina: Proposed Development Comment Form

 

 

Background and Context

The Planning & Development Services Department of the City Planning & Community Development Division has received the below application under the Contract Zone, Street Closure, and Subdivision (consolidation) procedures. This application for the Cook House is a request to amend the Heritage Designation Bylaw (2019-7) is also being reviewed by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Branch.
The applicant proposes to redevelop the property at 3160 Albert Street to accommodate multi-family land uses. The property, also known as the “Cook Residence,” was designated as a Heritage Property on October 29, 2019 (Bylaw No. 2019-7). An amendment to this bylaw is required for the project to proceed. Subsequent alterations, such as repairs, demolitions, or additions to the building may be considered through a Heritage Alteration Permit. Any changes to the property must be consistent with the Heritage Designation Bylaw and the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. Key features of the proposed development are as follows:

  • Portions of the existing building would be retained, which includes the front of the building facing Albert Street including the front facing gable, and roof structure, chimneys, and all façade elements. This portion of the building would be relocated on the site to allow for construction of the new foundation and underground garage, and then placed on a new foundation to align with the front setback of the property to the north. The remainder of the existing building would be demolished. (The existing roof structure is shown as being shingled on the attached plan number 2.2; the new roof structure for the addition is shown as being striped.)
  • New additions to the building would include development to the rear and the south side of the retained heritage structure. Development behind the heritage front would be two storeys in height and consist of four residential units to be accessed from the original entry. Development to the south of the heritage structure would be three storeys and consist of 12 residential units to be accessed from three separate common entries from grade.
  • Thirty-four (34) parking stalls are proposed to be accommodated on-site. Twenty-four (24) stalls would be accommodated below grade with an access from the rear alley. Ten (10) stalls would be accessed at surface grade directly from the lane.

This application would remove certain references in the Bylaw that conflict with the proposed redevelopment. Most significantly, references to the sunroom as a heritage defining feature would be removed. References to the “concrete foundation” and “glass bottle bottoms” within the Bylaw are also proposed for removal. City Council’s approval is required to amend the Heritage Designation Bylaw.

A copy of the architectural rendering is attached below.

For 90 years, the Cook Residence has showcased the remarkable architecture of Van Egmond and Storey and the work of their highly skilled craftsmen. It has been home to several community leaders who helped to shape our city. It continues to exemplify the grandeur of the streetscape developed by McCallum, Hill and Co. and is the impressive south entry to the Albert Street corridor leading to the Legislative Building and bordering its spacious grounds.
Erasing its legacy by grossly altering the protected character defining elements of this home severely undermines over a century of effort from hardworking citizens and community-minded visionaries who believed that the city of Regina could be so much more than just a collection of buildings and roadways.

Heritage Regina would like you to add your voice to this discussion on September 16th at 7:00pm.

Your voice counts.
Jackie Schmidt
President, Heritage Regina

LINK: City of Regina: Cook House Development Application Circulation Amendment to designation Sept 2020

Cook House – Proposal Exterior

Heritage Regina and Cathedral Area Community Association response to the application for removal of the Bagshaw Residence

Heritage Regina and Cathedral Area Community Association response to the application for removal of the Bagshaw Residence

Bagshaw Residence – photo by Brandon Harder Regina Leader-Post

At its August 26th meeting, City Council voted unanimously to deny the demolition application for 56 Angus Crescent and to begin the heritage designation process for the property.

In addition, Councillor Barbara Young asked the City to establish an Architectural Control Zone for the Crescents neighborhood, which includes the Bagshaw Residence. This control zone has the potential to be a model for other heritage neighbourhoods in the city.

We still have a few more hurdles to clear before the designation of the Bagshaw Residence is finalized and the first architecturally protected neighbourhood in Regina is established. We ask for your continued support as we follow the City of Regina’s progress through this process.

Heritage Regina would like to thank the Cathedral Area Community Association’s Trish Elliott (CACA Planning Advisory Committee) and Brad Olson (CACA President), and long-time Crescents residents Jeannie Mah and Edward Jones for their time and commitment to protecting and preserving this important heritage property.

LINK: CTV News article – Historic- Regina home saved from being bulldozed

LINK: Leader Post article – Heritage property in Cathedral neighbourhood saved from the wrecking ball

LINK: CTV News article – This Regina heritage home may face the wrecking ball

LINK: HR Bagshaw House City Council Aug 26 2020

Future of the Bagshaw Residence

The City of Regina has received an application for removal of a residential property located in the Crescents at 56 Angus Crescent from the Heritage Inventory with a demolition permit requested.

Based on the city’s evaluation, it was determined the property be removed from the heritage inventory which would make way for a demolition request to be approved.

For your information, below are links to the letters of response from Heritage Regina, the Cathedral Community Association and the Provincial Heritage Branch of the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport along with the supporting documentation from the City of Regina.

This item will be up for approval at the next meeting of the City of Regina Planning Commission meeting held on August 13th at 4:00pm.

LINK: Response from Heritage Regina

LINK: Bagshaw Residence excerpt from agenda packet

LINK: Complete meeting agenda packet

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When automobiles were used to fight the Spanish flu in 1918

The first death from Spanish flu in Regina was reported on Oct 7, 1918.

This article was originally published by the Regina Leader-Post on March 20, 2020. It is reprinted here with permission.

By Dale Edward Johnson

At first, people in Saskatchewan showed little interest or concern about reports of a new flu in other parts of the world.

The first cases were reported in Canada in July 1918, and it would be a few more months before cases were reported in Saskatchewan. As health authorities scrambled to try to reduce the number of people stricken, owners of automobiles in Regina were asked to help out. And they did.

As the summer of 1918 turned to autumn, there were more newspaper reports of the Spanish flu in cities in the eastern U.S. and Canada.

For example, on Oct.1, 1918, Regina’s Morning Leader newspaper reported there were 460 new cases in Philadelphia in the previous 48 hours, bringing the city’s total to 2,327 cases and 14 deaths.

By Oct. 3, the Leader reported that the Spanish flu was “rapidly spreading over (the) United States” and was in 43 of the 48 states.

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gee meeyo pimawtshinawnm ( It was a Good Life)

Year 2 students at the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) worked with Kristen Catherwood from Heritage Regina to research and publish gee meeyo pimawtshinawnm ( It was a Good Life) – A Living Heritage Project. Read more