This is the McLean Building, originally known as the Helgerson Block. It was built in 1912 by O.M. Helgerson, a young farmer from Iowa. Since its construction, the building has housed a number of tenants, but its original floorplan remained relatively intact. The upper floors are particularly well-preserved and have most of the original mullioned windows, hardwood flooring and walk-in safes.
In 2009, an extensive renovation was completed to the main floor and basement. Souleio Foods, a joint venture between Calories restaurant and Pine View Farms, opened a restaurant/food store here in July 2009. It lasted until its closing on May 25, 2013.
Nearly six months later on November 15, 2013, Ayden Kitchen & Bar opened in the space vacated by Souleio. It is owned by chef Dale MacKay, best known as the first-season winner of the reality TV program Top Chef Canada. MacKay moved from Vancouver back to his hometown of Saskatoon after soaring rents (upwards of $40000/month) forced his restaurants out of business. This restaurant is named after his son.
The Community Radio Society of Saskatoon (CRSS) formed after the University of Saskatchewan’s station, CJUS, disbanded in 1985. CFCR-FM, operating at 90.5 MHz, signed on the air on September 7, 1991. It occupies the third floor of the building, its second location since coming into existence.
The James Hotel in Saskatoon.
21st Street East on a quiet Sunday night this summer.
Cornerstone Church in Lawson Heights.
Winston’s Pub and Grill in downtown Saskatoon.
Discovery Place condominiums located on the western boundary of Kinsmen Park.
The Capitol 4 Theatre was a four screen movie theatre built in 1983. Formerly owned by Famous Players prior to their takeover by Cineplex Odeon, it was sold to Empire Theatres in 2005. Faced with overwhelming competition from the 12-screen Cineplex Galaxy Theatre, opened in 2006 and half a block to the south, the Capitol was again for sale as of January 2008.
Empire Theatres closed the Capitol Theatre for good on April 3, 2008. The property was sold and redeveloped as an office building called the Capitol Centre. Engineering firm SNC-Lavalin leased the entire building in 2011.
Wendy and were walking downtown this summer on a Sunday night when a concert got out of the O’Brian’s Automotive Event Centre. A couple of hundred of intoxicated people wander out, many with open alcohol, vehicular damage, people urinating on 2nd Avenue, a couple of fights and not a single security staff from O’Brian’s nor were there a single member of the Saskatoon Police Service around.
So tell me again how O’Brians event centre keeps their liquor license. While you are at it, how do numerous fights break out on Saskatoon’s most prestigious street and no police even bother to check it out?
The Saskatoon Transit bus terminal. Main transfer point for buses of Saskatoon Transit (when they aren’t locked out)