A century ago, with our flourishing farms and urban centers, there was a high demand for new homes. Designers and skilled trades people were in short supply. Eaton’s, Sears and Aladdin Homes shipped thousands of homes to the Prairies by rail and they were assembled by local labour. Similar to the way we order on-line today, these kit homes could be ordered to exact specifications. Millwork, plumbing fixtures and even furniture could be included with your shipment. Heritage Regina, supported by the Civic Museum of Regina and narrated by John Robinson, will present the story of these early homes, with original advertising posters, catalogues and artifacts.
John Robinson has been in the architectural design and drafting profession since 1977, after obtaining a diploma in Architectural Engineering Technology. With 40 years of experience in single family, multi-family and commercial drawing production, he is still passionate about good design. In 1996, John incorporated Robinson Residential Design, a firm providing customized residential design and drafting services to home owners, builders and developers. John’s design projects have been featured on HGTV as well as several local TV documentaries. John’s interest in heritage architecture began early, growing up in a home that was ordered from an Aladdin catalogue.. Over the years he has amassed a collection of original home catalogues dating back to 1889 which are a continuing source of inspiration for restorations and new heritage sensitive infill housing designs.
Refreshments provided. A $10 suggested donation to Heritage Regina goes towards the promotion and preservation of heritage in your community.
Presented by John Robinson.
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