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Volume 24 Issue 4 Winter 2012

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INDIAN HEAD Building on Its Past for the Future – Diefenbaker Home Needs Work

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VOLUME 24 ISSUE 4 Winter 2012

WORTH Magazine is published by the Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan (AHSS) Inc.

Diefenbaker Home in Prince Albert Needs Work ................. 4

Submissions to WORTH are welcomed. We reserve the right to edit copy for clarity and length.

125-year-old church near Wishart Gets Facelift ........................... 6

Copy submission deadlines: Spring edition: February 25 Summer Edition: May 15 Autumn Edition: August 15 Winter Edition: November 15 Editor: Design:

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Heritage Conservation Bulletins to Help You! ............................ 8 March 31 is Deadline to Apply for Prestigious Heritage Architecture Excellence Award ....... 9 Indian Head Building on its past for the future ............................................... 10

Š 2009 ISSN 1926-3198 Pair of Hunters Preserving 86-year-old Farm House near Lacadena ... 14 ON OUR COVER:

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Contribute $250,000 to the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project ...................... 16

The Main Street in Indian Head.

In The News .................................................................................................................... 17

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Diefenbaker Home in Prince Albert Needs Work By Joe Ralko

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he Prince Albert home of John Diefenbaker, the 13th Prime Minister of Canada, needs some serious renovations. “A subcommittee of the board of directors of the Prince Albert Historical Society is working together with the city of Prince Albert to prevent further deterioration of the Diefenbaker house,” explained society President Deb Honch. “In addition, we will make improvements to the property to better deliver programming that highlights the life of one of our community's most beloved citizens and a Prime Minister from Prince Albert who championed the West and the 'little guy and gal'.” She explained the project, among other things, will include repairing and shoring up the building's foundation, which is causing the sunroom to separate and to lean downhill to the north.

“It is the hope of the building committee to create new programming using updated presentation methods, as well as potentially building a similar-style building that could showcase a secondary display, deliver AV presentations and house a gift shop and seating area.”

Outside west wall and sunroom is cracking.

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The Diefenbaker house has been operating as a museum during the summer months since 1983 and attracts up to 1,600 visitors yearly. “The museum is furnished as it was in Diefenbaker's day where you will find artifacts, documents and photographs of Diefenbaker as Canada's thirteenth Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Prince Albert from 1953 to 1979,” Honch explained. Randy Hoback, the current Member of Parliament from Prince Albert, sees value in the Diefenbaker home. “For decades the home of the Rt. Hon. John George Diefenbaker has been a "must" to see for everyone who visited the City of Prince Albert,” Hoback said. “The significance of the house continues to enrich Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s historical and political identity.” Mayor Greg Dionne also recognizes


generations of Prince Albert residents to appreciate a key part of our heritage.” The house itself does not have any architectural or unique features except that it had been owned by one of the three Prime Minister's who represented Prince Albert in the House John and Edna Diefenbaker outside their of Commons. Prince Albert home about 1940. “The Diefenbaker’s home will continue to John George Diefenbaker (September 18, 1895 – August 16, 1979) was the 13th Prime Minister of deteriorate and will Canada, serving from June 21, 1957, to April 22, 1963. become unsafe if He was the only Progressive Conservative (PC or Tory) something is not party leader between 1930 and 1979 to lead the party done soon,” exto an election victory, doing so three times, although plained Honch, the only once with a majority of seats in the Canadian historical society House of Commons. president. Diefenbaker was born in southwestern Ontario in 1895. “Mr. Diefenbaker In 1903, his family migrated west to the portion of the is a very important Northwest Territories which would shortly thereafter part of Prince Albecome the province of Saskatchewan. bert and the north's He grew up in the province, and was interested in history and his politics from a young age. After brief service in World War I, Diefenbaker became a lawyer. He contested story is of great elections through the 1920s and 1930s with little interest to locals success until he was finally elected to the House of and visitors to the Commons in 1940. (Source:Wikipedia.com) region.” The Museum has not had a significant programming the importance of the two-storey, update in several years. A comprewood-framed bungalow located at hensive evaluation of the work re246 – 19th Street West, in an older quired still needs to be done, but iniresidential area of Prince Albert. tial estimates for the project are in “The Diefenbaker home has been the $300,000 to $400,000 range with an iconic symbol of Prince Albert's possibly up to three years to compolitical and built heritage for more plete, Honch said. than half a century,” explained A “Friends of the Museum” organiMayor Dionne. “Growing up in this city, you have a zation is being established to assist with fundraising while preliminary sense of pride because many Canaditalks have been held with various ans equated Prince Albert with levels of government for financial Diefenbaker. Now, we have to preserve and protect the house for future support, she said. W

Canada's 13th Prime Minister

Prime Ministers from Prince Albert JOHN DIEFENBAKER, Canada's 13th Prime Minister (1957–1963), became the Member of Parliament for Lake Centre in 1940, and when that riding was abolished in 1952, represented Prince Albert from 1953 until his death in 1979. WILLIAM LYON MACKENZIE KING, Canada's 10th Prime Minister, represented Prince Albert from 1926 to 1945.

SIR WILFRID LAURIER, Canada's seventh Prime Minister, represented Prince Albert in the Saskatchewan provisional district (still part of Northwest Territories) in 1896, before returning to his Quebec East riding later that year. (Source:Wikipedia.com)

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125-year-old Church near Wishart gets Facelift! By Joe Ralko

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ork is well underway to preserve and renovate a stone church located two miles west and three miles south of Wishart, Sk., in time for its 125th anniversary celebration next summer. “When our group was formed to decide whether or not to do something about the state of the church, it was unanimous that we could not let something so beautiful that our forefathers worked so hard to create let fall into a pile of rubble,” recalled Cindy Luciuk, who was elected President of the Stone Church and Cemetery Committee. “In April of 2011 when we reestablished the committee, we knew we had some serious fundraising ahead of us and that it would be a lot of work for our small committee and community.” Their fundraising began with a letter to the children and grandchildren of those more than 300 people buried in the Stone Church Cemetery. The first burial in 1884 was the father of the man who donated the land where the church was to be built in 1888. Almost $50,000 was raised through the first letter appeal, said Luciuk, a lab/xray technician who works at both the Lestock and Foam Lake Health Centres. A lottery offering prizes of a quad, weekend at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw and a gift voucher to the

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ store, produced over $15,000. A steak fry added $1,200 to the project coffers. “The local dinner theatre group asked if we would like to help with their annual dinner theatre along with a silent auction brought in $21,000,” said Luciuk, The Restoration of the Stone Church Project in Wishart also received a $15,000 grant from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation bringing their total fundraising efforts, so far, to $102,000, she said. “Initially, the church was Presbyterian, but throughout the early 1900s it changed denominations. Sometime in the 1930s services were no longer held. Apparently, there was some sort of falling out amongst the parishioners.”

Front gate and archway is being rebuilt.

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The church is made entirely of fieldstone on the exterior. The interior still holds the original lathe and plaster that the pioneers placed in 1888. “This was done by what was known as ‘midnight lathing bees’ where the parishioners would work by lantern to complete the interior,” said Luciuk. “I became involved in the restoration of the Stone Church through my husband's family and my love of history and the pioneer days.” Throughout the years the cemetery and church were looked after by a group of women who formed the Round Plain Homemakers Club and were responsible for organizing work bee's and fundraising for the church's upkeep. The church was called the Round Plain Stone Church. Round Plain later being the name of the school district. “This homemaker's club eventually dwindled as its members became fewer and older but a group of local people who have families buried there continued to look after the grounds and church using grants and donations.” She said her husband's family always took great pride in the Stone Church. His paternal grandparents are buried there. “When I married into his family 26 years ago, I learned that when a Stone Church cemetery bee was called, you just dropped everything and


went. It was a sense of duty they felt,” Luciuk recalled in an interview with Worth magazine. “Our children soon learned that taking care of the church was just what you did and it was not uncommon for our family to pull up to a bee with 5 people including 3 generations. CAP Masonry of Balgonie was contacted very early in the project by the Wishart group. “We made two visits to inspect and observe the church. In early June of 2011 we submitted a report which included our observations, proposals and budget,” explained stone mason Charlie Pirie. Five days after meeting with the committee he began chipping out mortar joints. “We are presently rebuilding the front gate and archway,” he said. “The work on the church is completed.” Pirie described the fieldstone gateway as a “Geologist's Dream.” “There are at least six different varieties of stone that we have identified and we are working with the University of Regina to identify more. The stones that we know of are: Granite (pink and black), Limestone,

Renovations were done to the inside and outside of the Wishart stone church.

Nephrite, Quartz and Sandstone,” he said. “All were sourced from local farmer's fields and all of the stones have a story connecting them to the family that donated them.” Originally, the committee thought the entire north wall had to be taken down and rebuilt and that a crack in the east wall of the church could be repointed.

“What we observed told us that only roughly one third of the north wall required rebuilding. The east wall was actually in need of more rebuilding than the north. The committee's decision to remove the porch was crucial in completing necessary repairs to the walls.” Pirie found the original limemortar that had been installed 124 yrs ago was separating from the stones. There was cracking on both sides of each corner of the church. The cracking on the east end corners was much more pronounced than the west end. This can partly be attributed to the absence of downpipes from the eaves troughs for many years. “Unfortunately, someone had attempted to repair these corner-cracks with Portland cement!” he said. A key highlight of the project was locating and removing the 124-yearold time capsule, then reinstalling it along with a modern-day time capsule. A send letter campaign is being prepared seeking more funding and urging 400 individuals to “save the date” of July 20-21 for next summer’s anniversary celebrations. W

Work Completed on Stone Church Work done on the stone church by CAP Masonry has included:

! Removing the original mortar back to the appropriate depth on all of the building except the area that was to be rebuilt;

! Removal of all the Portland Cement from the joints and faces of the stones;

! Back pointing of the church as well as resetting of stones that were loose and maintaining proper humidity for the curing period;

! Locating and removal of the 124year-old time capsule;

! Supporting of the structure in the area that was to be rebuilt;

! Re-installing old time capsule as well as installing new one;

! Proper documentation of stone

! Installation of sympathetic fir

before removal in the area to be rebuilt;

window frames to replace the decaying ones by Tony Singer;

! Removal of stone in the area of wall

! Front-pointing entire church and

that had been identified to be rebuilt;

! Digging a trench around the northeast corner to allow an engineer to inspect a pile that had been previously installed;

proper curing;

! Installation of weeping tile at northeast corner;

! Removing and rebuilding of front gateway.

! Resetting the stone walls;

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March 31 is Deadline to Apply for Prestigious

Heritage Architecture Excellence Awards Don't forget to mark your calendars!

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he deadline for submitting applications to the jury selecting the Heritage Architecture Excellence Awards is March 31, 2013. The Heritage Architecture Excellence Awards are for projects completed during the 2012 calendar year and are bestowed by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Patron of the Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan. The Society has recognized the efforts of owners, architects and contractors to preserve the province's built heritage through an awards program that began in 1996.

The name of the program and even the name of the not-for-profit society have evolved over the years. Goals and objectives have remained the same – to help heritage happen across Saskatchewan. Last year, projects in Cannington Manor, Maple Creek, Moose Jaw and Moosomin were bestowed with the prestigious award bringing the total number recognized since inception to 130. So, don't be shy. Don't be late. Submit your projects to be adjudicated for the prestigious awards in one or more of the following eight categories:

Categories for Building Projects

Categories for Community Engagement

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Exterior Restoration - preservation or restoration of a heritage exterior. Interior Conservation - preservation or restoration of a heritage interior. Rehabilitation - sensitive and innovative solutions to functional and code compliance problems, retaining existing heritage character. Adaptive Re-Use - sensitive upgrades and associated new construction consistent with original heritage character. Sympathetic New Construction - sensitive infill, additions, signage, detailing and replicas. Landscape, Engineering and Agricultural Works - conservation or rehabilitation of building related landscapes and/or utilitarian construction that may have architectural features.

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Education, Signage, Monuments & Interpretation - interpretive programs, publications, trails, signs and monuments. Long-Term Stewardship of a Heritage Property - This category was created in 2009 year to recognize continuing efforts by owners to maintain their heritage property.

The adjudication committee continues to reserve the right not to bestow awards in each category every year. The project submitted does not have to have a heritage designation for it to be honoured. For more information, visit the Society website www.ahsk.ca

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HE INDIAN HEAD Main Street Revitalization Program has helped a new generation of residents reconnect with their Prairie roots and together build for the future. “Indian Head has a rich and colorful history and this project brings so many stories to light,” explained town councilor Gwen Johner. “It is important because it has made a new generation of residents actually notice the history around us.” Located less than an hour's drive east of Regina down the TransCanada Highway the Town of Indian Head was one of four communities selected to participate in the

INDIAN HEAD Building on ITS PAST for the FUTURE By Joe Ralko

Main Street Saskatchewan demonstration program in 2011 from the 18 communities which had submitted proposals. “The Main Street project has engaged several groups and individuals. The important thing is that we have been working together on activi-

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ties or projects,” explained councilor Johner. “This cooperation now is a part of our culture and hopefully will continue long after the Main Street project has been completed.” The Main Street Demonstration project is a community-led revitalization tool in which the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is providing matching funding to up to $125,000. “One of our main goals is to create a positive environment for businesses to expand and new business to flourish, while celebrating the culture of Indian Head,” explained Tara-Leigh Heslip, the program coordinator in Indian Head. “We have recently realized the creation of a local Chamber of Com-


Main Street in Indian Head (left) many decades ago and on a recent winter's night.

merce and Regional Art council which will have a significant impact towards reaching this goal.” Heslip couldn't resist being involved with a positive driver that “promotes widespread involvement by residents, promotes economic development, cultural activity and acts as a vehicle for building restoration.” “We are looking forward to a lively construction season next year which will have an enormous impact on the look and feel of downtown as we embrace the historic buildings and use them as a backdrop for celebrating community,” she said. Heslip is an interior designer with experience in project management. She owns a small business in the town.

Regina and to “The building Katepwa Provinrestoration recial Park as well ally appealed to as the fact that my aesthetic the town has sensibilities terrific services while my experiand amenities ence owning and including a operating a local movie theatre. business gave The community me a clear unfeels very derstanding of Indian Head is one of four communities in the strongly about the frustrations Main Street Saskatchewan program. retaining the that small business owners are experiencing and the businesses which we have and would love to see new viable businesses necessity for economic stimulus,” she told Worth magazine in an interview. added. We need to take positive actions and work with business owners “My husband and I chose to reloand community organization to encate our family here from Calgary sure success for years to come.” four years ago and this position preA regional cultural plan is being sented such a positive challenge developed by Indian Head, Wolseley, which I wanted to be part of and is giving me an opportunity to give back Katepwa and Fort Qu'Appelle. “The strength of each of our comto the community.” munities will be felt across the entire A few pioneers had homesteaded region. Together we are stronger!” the area when the 53,000-acre Bell The Main Street program has farm began operations from Indian helped Indian Head focus on the fuHead in 1882. This was a few months ture. before the Canadian Pacific Railway “The timing is perfect. The comreached the area! mercial district is looking tired. Ea“Beautiful, historic Indian Head ger property and business owners are has attracted a lot of new residents willing to undertake the task of pealfrom other provinces and countries ing back the layers of tin and paint over the last ten years,” Heslip said. that have been added over the years,” “People are attracted to the comHeslip said. “It is an exciting time to munity for its proximity to the city of WORTH: SASKATCHEWAN'S ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE MAGAZINE | 11


INDIAN HEAD – HISTORY Indian Head is located in the heart of Saskatchewan's richest farmland, and beside the Canadian Pacific Railway's main east-west line. Those two facts have had a great influence on the history and development of the community. A few settlers attracted by the fertile land had already built homesteads when the 53,000-acre Bell Farm began operations in 1882, a few months before railway tracks were laid through the district. The Bell Farm built a grain elevator, flourmill and hotel in the new town. The location of the Bell farm to the grain elevator also dictated that the streets in Indian Head run at an angle, making a shorter trip from town to the headquarters of the Bell Farm to the northwest. Indian Head was incorporated as a town in 1902, when it was one of the world's largest initial shipping points for wheat. Meetings held here led to the formation of the Territorial Grain Growers' Association, an early advocacy group for farmers. Building on its rich, vibrant past, Indian Head is a growing, attractive and progressive community of 1800 plus people. Indian Head continues to have strong ties to the land, and is also attracting more and more people who want to be close to the provincial capital, Regina, while enjoying the best that small town life has to offer. Indian Head Project - Location The Indian Head Main Street project covers an area that includes more than 45 businesses. It is along Grand Avenue running from the base of the Grand AvenueArrowhead Mall to the 600 block ending with the Nite Hawk Theatre (original Opera House). It extends for one block on either side of Grand Avenue along Dewdney and Otterloo, as well as the 500 block of Bell Street.

live and be involved in the community of Indian Head.” Saskatchewan has earned a national reputation for community-led regeneration using restoration and historic assets as its launching pad. “At the Heritage Canada Summit held in Montreal a few weeks ago, Saskatchewan and its progressive programs were noted and admired by many provinces across the nation,” she recalled. “The success of the four pilot projects in Saskatchewan could

lead to the continuation or extension of the program to other communities in the province.” Councilor Johner explained the program generated genuine community pride by the townsfolk. “Pictures, stories and the actual uncovering of heritage storefronts have been exciting to witness,” she said. “It is important for commerce, for culture and for the possibilities it suggests within our community.” W

Main Street Saskatchewan Programs Wolseley, Indian Head, Maple Creek and Prince Albert were selected to participate in the Main Street Saskatchewan demonstration program from the 18 communities which had submitted proposals. Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson made the announcement as he visited Wolseley and Indian Head on August 19, 2011 and toured the main streets of each community. “We believe that through vision, creativity and planning, the historic main streets in these communities can return to prominence as places where commerce, community and culture once again meet,” Hutchinson said. “The Main Street Saskatchewan program is great because it supports economic development through heritage conservation, and strengthens our province's growing arts, culture and heritage sector.” In August 2011, the Government of Saskatchewan announced a $1.65 million investment over three years to provide funding assistance

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to four demonstration communities to implement the Main Street Saskatchewan approach to downtown revitalization. The four communities were selected on the basis of community readiness, community capacity, community support, existing historic buildings and potential for growth. The 3-year demonstration program includes matching funding to help cover operating costs and capital expenses for revitalizing main streets in each of the four communities. The Main Street program is one of the ways the provincial government is implementing the new cultural policy, Pride of Saskatchewan, which calls for supporting heritage stewardship and strengthening the province's vibrant arts and culture sector, both of which contribute to the economy and quality of life in the province. For information on the Main Street Saskatchewan demonstration program, visit www.pcs.gov.sk.ca/heritage.


The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation (SHF) conservation bulletin series concept emerged in 2010 in response to the need for information drawn from the Saskatchewan context for owners of historic properties seeking to undertake appropriate conservation work. The conservation protocols referenced in the various bulletins are embedded in The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. The Standards and Guidelines have been formally adopted by the Heritage Foundation as a bench mark for funding decisions respecting physical alterations to formally designated heritage sites and structures. They identify a clear preference for processes that repair rather than replace and, if replacement is necessary, then replacement " in kind" of missing or deteriorated parts, based on historical evidence. The intent is to retain as much of the original building fabric as possible. The SHF’s conservation bulletin series offers suggested references to help the reader begin a learning journey about heritage construc-

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tion and includes a select list of resources for further research. Each bulletin provides Saskatchewan examples of interventions and some basic technical references to help property owners, municipal officials and other readers to make informed decisions consistent with accepted heritage guidelines currently adopted across Canada. Seven bulletins have been completed dealing with the following topics: ! wood windows; ! roofing challenges; ! foundation issues; ! organizing a heritage conservation project; ! masonry rehabilitation; ! water management issues; and ! the Standards and Guidelines. Another bulletin on doors and entranceways is almost complete, and another on selecting a contractor is in progress. The completed bulletins are each available on the Heritage Foundation's website: www.tpcs.gov.sk.ca/SHF. Each of the bulletins is also available in paper format. Further information can be obtained from either the Foundation Manager at 787-4188, or the Grants Administrator at 787-2105. W

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By Joe Ralko LACADENA – Best friends Bruce Kendall and Cliff Hendrickson are investing their money and sweat equity into saving an 86-year-old home in the heart of the best migratory bird hunting area in the world. The 62-year-old Alberta businessmen have been hunting geese, ducks and cranes in the southwest area of Saskatchewan for the past 25 years and knew a good investment when they saw it. “The house is close to great golfing, fishing, boating and, of course, hunting both birds and deer,” explained Cliff in an interview with Worth magazine. “Lacadena is about one hour north of Swift Current and is about half an hour from the Saskatchewan Landing provincial park on Lake Diefenbaker. This beautiful homestead is located just on the east side of Highway 342 on the outskirts of the Hamlet of Lacadena.” Bruce Kendall is a real estate developer as well as a hockey and recreational facility developer. Bruce was instrumental in developing the

The house has not been occupied for over 10 years. If we hadn't bought it, I'm sure it would have been well on its way to being demolished. Spray Lakes Sawmills arena & Family Sports Centre in Cochrane, Alberta where he resides. Cliff Hendrickson has been involved in the sports business for 35 years. He owns and operates Stick Fix Franchise Corp. The Calgary-based company repairs most small carbon fiber products to original condition, of which broken hockey sticks are the most prevalent for breakage. Other

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products are racquets, fishing rods, skates, bats and polls. Bruce and Cliff fell in love with the hidden beauty, its peacefulness and the people of Saskatchewan where this homestead is. “This is probably the best migratory bird hunting in the world,” Cliff said. “We would put money on it!” Their exposure to the area and the homestead was through Russ and Connie Houston. Russ and Cliff played hockey with each other in Waterloo, Iowa in 1973. “Russ Houston lives about five kilometres from our homestead and it was his relatives who built, lived and farmed the homestead for over 60 years,” Cliff explained. “The entire Houston families are true pioneers of the area and were and still are pillars in the community to this day.” Bruce and Cliff have made significant progress on renovating the home, but expect it will take another three years to complete. “We have finished, as close to original design as possible, four rooms. The single upstairs family room and two bedrooms


and the only washroom have been completed. We also put on a new roof in 2009,” Cliff said. “We are also trying to keep the same colour combinations that were original. Same baseboards and even light fixtures and heat grills remain the same.” The house is on a 28'x 28' foundation which is about 2 ½' wide. The original house was built in 1917. The first house faced west, but tragedy struck in 1921 and the house burnt to the foundation. “The second house, which is ours, was re-built in 1926 and they turned the front of the house to face south, but it was erected on the same foundation.” The homestead also lost its original barn to fire in 1944. The huge barn was not built again but on our 2 ½ acre site, is a smaller red barn. “Our intention, when the house and site are completed, is to probably have a summer bed and breakfast hobby business and then turn it into a hunting

lodge in the fall with the possibility of a small oil and gas mini rental in the winter months for gas employees,” he said. “Bruce and I still work our own businesses, so we can only put in so much time. We thoroughly enjoy doing the renovations ourselves and don't want to sub out too much at this time.” The house has not been occupied for over 10 years.

“If we hadn't bought it, I’m sure it would have been well on its way to being demolished.” A passion for hunting has helped preserve one small part of Saskatchewan’s built heritage. W

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Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Contribute $250,000 to the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project REGINA – Building Knowledge – The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project, the University of Regina's number one capital fundraising priority, received a $250,000 contribution from Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life through their national corporate citizenship program. “We are grateful to GreatWest Life, London Life and Canada Life for their generous gift to this project and to our University,” said University of Regina President and ViceChancellor,Vianne Timmons. “This is the first corporate leadership gift to the project. It demonstrates their commitment to our students and our

community,” she added. The revitalization of College Avenue campus will transform it into a vibrant, accessible centre of learning, strengthening the University of Regina's connection to the community and further contributing to the education of the next century of learners and leaders. The campus will be known as the University of Regina Leadership and Outreach Centre (LOC). “The University of Regina has a compelling vision for campus renewal, and as a longtime member of this community, we believe in it,” says Jan Belanger

Assistant Vice-President, Community Affairs Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. “Our organization has enjoyed its association with the University of Regina and employs many of its graduates. On National Philanthropy Day, we're pleased to announce our early support for a project that

will help rejuvenate this downtown campus and highlight the University's campaign to move its tradition of excellence forward.” College Avenue campus is home to the Centre for Continuing Education, Conservatory of Performing Arts, Darke Hall, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and Lifelong Learning Centre. Further information about Building Knowledge – The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project can be found at www.uregina.ca/campaign or by calling (306) 585-5703. (Source: University of Regina External Relations News Release)

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February 3rd - 9th, 2013 For event information and details please visit our website at http://scaa.sk.ca or find us on Facebook!

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Pre-order your copy of Biographies Regina’s book Regina's Warehouse District “Bricks and Mortar – Pride and Passion” by contacting the Warehouse District office by email: info@warehousedistrict.ca or fax to: 306-585-1765 The cost is $24.95 and will be available in early 2013.


IN THE NEWS $3,500 in Grants Awarded Grants totalling $3,500 for projects in Wishart, Wolseley and Saskatoon were approved by the Board of Directors of the Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan at their October meeting. The Wishart Stone Church and Cemetery Committee and Vance Weber Investment and Insurance in Wolseley each were awarded $1,000 site consultant grants. Saskatoon History Review 25th Anniversary Issue will receive $1,500 as a Publications Grant. In related news, the board of directors also

voted to change the criteria for grants in 2013. Organizations no longer must be a member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan to receive a grant.

2013 AGM in Tisdale The 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan will be held on Saturday, March 23, at the CanAlta Inn in Tisdale. A detailed agenda will be posted on the society's website (www.ahsk.ca) a few weeks in advance of the meeting. AGM activities include

Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan 2012 BOARD of DIRECTORS Al Gill, President, Regina Brian Bell, Vice President, Moose Jaw Richard Hiebert, North Battleford Terry Sinclair, Regina Michelle Taylor, Prince Albert Rod Stutt, Moose Jaw Jayne Remenda, Prince Albert Wally Dyck, Saskatoon

receiving the audited financial statement and election of directors. In previous years, the society

has held its AGM in North Battleford (2012), Yorkton (2011), Swift Current (2010) and Regina (2009).

Eatonia Geiger Counter, Not a Radio A sharp-eyed reader wrote us to say one of the photographs on Page 15 of the Autumn edition of Worth magazine was incorrectly identified as a radio for communication. The device found in the concrete-block nuclear fallout reporting post built into the corner of the Eatonia train station was, in fact, a Geiger counter.

Become a Society Member. The Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan encourages, supports and rewards meaningful conservation of our built heritage. Any person, enterprise or community-based organization may apply to become a full and active member of AHSS for an annual membership fee of just $20. Fees help the Society communicate with members and provide grant funding for community-based programs and projects across Saskatchewan. To join simply complete and mail to AHSS, 202 -1275 Broad St, Regina, SK S4R 1Y2 or visit www.ahsk.ca for information under “Join�. Yes, I/we want to become a member of AHSS

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NORTH AMERICAN BRICK By Frank Korvemaker - fkorvemaker@accesscomm.ca

Filler and face brick made at the Alberta Clay Products plant displayed various forms of identification, including the company initials stamped into the brick (left), and the initials imprinted into a shallow frog. In both instances the letters were placed in a vertical format.

Brick Name: Unknown Brick Manufacturer: Alberta Clay Products Company Manufacture Location: Medicine Hat, Alberta Date(s) of Manufacture: 1905 - 1962 Brick Type: Face and Filler Approximate Dimensions: 8 x 3 5/8 x 2 1/4 inches/ 204 x 92 x 57 mm Colour: Dark red ( face ) and orange ( filler )

The three adjoining Black Block buildings on the east side of Hamilton Street, Regina, in 1926, starting at the white awning in the foreground.

COMMENTS:The Alberta Clay Products Company began production in Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1909. It originally focused on clay sewer pipe, hollow building tiles, and drain and flue tiles, but soon expanded its product line to include face and filler bricks. The factory included a massive six storey high brick façade on its main production plant, and 14 downdraft beehive kilns for firing its products, which varied in colour from bright orange to a dark red. While most brick manufacturers imprinted their names horizontally in the frog, this firm printed its initials in a vertical format. During World War 1, when there was a labour shortage due to men enlisting for service overseas, the plant employed a significant number of Chinese men. Later, during the Great Depression of the 1930s, direct access to cheap natural gas and local clay enabled the factory to remain open and viable. The plant went through various owners over the years, and was under the control of I-XL Industries and in full production when it burned down in 1962. Henry Black was a Regina entrepreneur, architect and contractor during the early years of the 20th century. On the 1700 block of Hamilton Street he erected three adjoining commercial buildings, each faced with dark red brick and stone trim. The first was erected in 1907, the second in 1911 and the third in 1926. During demolition of those buildings in 2012, some of the exposed bricks revealed their place of origin: the Alberta Clay Products Company in Medicine Hat. W Sources: [1] “Bricks in Alberta” by Jack M. Manson, Alberta Masonry Institute,

The Alberta Clay Products Company manufactured a large variety of clay products from this Medicine Hat plant between 1909 and 1962.

1983, p. 69-71, 78, 79, 81; [2] “Another One Bites the Dust: The Life and Death of Regina's Black Block”, by Don Black, published in WORTH magazine, Vol. 24, Issue 2, Summer 2012, p. 16-17; [3] Larry Easton, 2009: ACP Co brick photo; [4] Ross Herrington, 2012: Black Blocks demolition photos.

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