Top Architectural Sights, Saskatoon

Top Architectural Sights (Self Guided), Saskatoon

Saskatoon is decorated by many historically and architecturally important buildings that exemplify different styles. In particular, visitors have the opportunity to see the examples of Chateau, Classical Revival, Neo-Renaissance, Neo-classical and Collegiate Gothic architectural styles. Take this tour guide to admire the most important architectural sights of Saskatoon.
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Top Architectural Sights Map

Guide Name: Top Architectural Sights
Guide Location: Canada » Saskatoon (See other walking tours in Saskatoon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: Dee
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • CPR Station
  • Fairbanks-Morse Warehouse
  • Eaton's Building
  • Land Titles Building
  • Saskatoon Club
  • Delta Bessborough
  • Arrand Block
  • Albert School
CPR Station

1) CPR Station

The Saskatoon Railway Station (Canadian Pacific) is a National Historic Site of Canada in Saskatoon, which was officially declared on December 19, 1994 as having national historical significance. There is protected area status on this Château style station site. Saskatoon earned the nickname Hub City from the contributions of the CPR, CNR and GTP. The station was situated on the Regina, Saskatchewan to Edmonton, Alberta rail line.

The city of Saskatoon is served by Via Rail's The Canadian service, however it now calls at the New Saskatoon Railway Station located southeast of the downtown core. Saskatoon's CP station is located at 305 Idylwyld Drive, in the Caswell Hill Neighborhood, Core Neighbourhoods Suburban Development Area. The CP station has not been used as a rail station for many years, and currently houses several businesses. Received the 1995 SAHS (Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Society) Heritage Architecture Excellence Awards which was bestowed by Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant-Governor.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Fairbanks-Morse Warehouse

2) Fairbanks-Morse Warehouse

The Fairbanks-Morse Warehouse is a heritage building located at 14 23rd Street East in downtown Saskatoon. Formerly serving as a warehouse for the Fairbanks-Morse Company, the building has been converted into residential condominium lofts.

Canadian Fairbanks Company built the structure in 1911 as a warehouse for its large machinery and mill supply business. It was designed by David Brown and Hugh Vallance of Montreal. It was built with reinforced concrete, uncommon at that time. From 1948 until 1985 the Fairbanks-Morse Warehouse served as the home to the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and as a union hall. The building had CPR spur line until the mid-1960s, when much of the downtown was redeveloped. It changed hands several times, serving as a warehouse, offices, photography studio and art gallery. Some tenants of note include AKA Gallery, The Photographers Gallery and Video Vérité (of which the latter two would merge to become PAVED Arts).
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Eaton's Building

3) Eaton's Building

The Eaton's Building is a landmark building located in downtown Saskatoon. Formerly serving as an Eaton's department store, the building is currently occupied by the Saskatoon Board of Education.

In 1927, Eaton's announced that it would construct an eight-storey store at the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and 21st Street in Saskatoon's Central Business District. Designed by the Montreal architecture firm of Ross and Macdonald, along with local architect Frank Martin, the store was to have been the tallest building in the city, but was eventually built to only three storeys.

Constructed in the Neo-Renaissance style, with a tyndall stone and black marble façade and fifteen tripled-arched Palladian windows, the store opened for business on December 5, 1928. In a manner reminiscent of the Eaton's Montreal store, or of the plans for its soon-to-be-built new Toronto store, the building boasted a luxurious interior, with elaborate bronze fixtures and terrazzo flooring. The store also featured an art gallery, a children's toyland with a mechanical lion, a meat department with an 80-foot marble counter and a Mediterranean-style dining room.

In 1970, Eaton's relocated its store to the nearby Midtown Plaza. Serving briefly as athlete housing for the 1971 Canada Winter Games, the building was subsequently occupied from 1973 to 2000 by an outlet of the Army & Navy discount department store.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Land Titles Building

4) Land Titles Building

The Land Titles Building is located at 311 21st Street East in the Central Business District of Saskatoon. The architectural firm of Storey and Van Egmond designed the building in the Romanesque Revival style. The building was constructed by Smith Brothers and Wilson in 1909. Additional expansions were done between 1910 and 1912. The building housed the land title office until 1959 when the office was transferred to the Law Courts Building. The provincial government stopped using the building when it was sold in 1994. The building now houses the law offices of Brayford and Shapiro.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Saskatoon Club

5) Saskatoon Club

The Saskatoon Club is a business club originally established as a gentleman's club in 1907. The club is located in the Central Business District of Saskatoon. The Club operates a dining room, lounge, meeting facilities and a fitness centre. It was incorporated by a private act of the Saskatchewan Legislature.

William Charles Sutherland, Fred Engen, F. S. Cahill, H. L. Jordan and James Straton were the first members of the Executive Committee for the Saskatoon Club. By 1909 the club had moved into the MacBeth Block before moving into the current club building in 1912. The current building was designed by Norman Thompson from the firm of Thomson, Daniel and Colthurst. The structure was constructed at the cost of $5000 CDN in February 1911.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Delta Bessborough

6) Delta Bessborough (must see)

The Delta Bessborough hotel is a three star (Forbes Travel Rating), ten-story hotel located in downtown Saskatoon. The hotel is a historical landmark in Saskatoon and is known for its castle-like appearance. The hotel was built by the Canadian National Railway from 1928 to 1932 and is designed in the same Château-style as many of Canada's other railway hotels. Although it is still referred to as "The Bessborough Hotel" today, many people have adopted an abbreviated form, known as "The Bess" (pronounced 'Bez'). The landmark provides a picturesque eastern terminating vista for Saskatoon's 21st Street East and is also a view terminus on Spadina Crescent from points south of the hotel.

The Delta Bessborough Hotel has 225 guest rooms, numerous meeting facilities and function rooms, two restaurants, a lounge, a pool, a fitness facility and 5 acres (20,000 m2) of private waterfront gardens backing onto the river in downtown Saskatoon. The gardens are used to host large functions - they are commonly used for weddings, business barbecues, retirement parties, concerts, and as a venue for the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Fest. It hosted the Police and Fire Can-Am games in the summer of 2008.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Arrand Block

7) Arrand Block

The Arrand Block is a historic building located in the Nutana neighborhood of Saskatoon. The building was built by James and Walter T. Arrand, owners of the James and Walter T. Arrand Contractors' Company. Original features of the building include two story apartments, with sky lights on the top floor. The building was designated a heritage property on April 10, 1989.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Albert School

8) Albert School

The Albert School is a brick building established in 1912 in a green area. The Collegiate Gothic architectural building includes a tower, many arched mullioned windows, two central entrances and other original details. The structure is made of limestone allowing the creation of massive symmetrical shapes. The school got its name from Prince Albert, which gives it historical value. Another important detail is the gorgeous location of the Albert School.

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Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles