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Emmanuel Anglican Church

St. James Anglican Church

Emmanuel Anglican Church on Dufferin Avenue was built in 1912 and was named St. James Anglican Church. It was twice damaged by fire in 1976 and 1982. Many of the church’s windows are made of fused glass, made by Saskatoon artist Lee Brady. The glass mainly came from shards recovered after the 1982 fire.

The StarPhoenix has more on the new name of the church

People passing the historic St. James’ Anglican Church on 12th Street and Dufferin Avenue may be surprised to see a new sign in place proclaiming the building to be Emmanuel Anglican Church. That’s because a new parish has been created involving the amalgamation of St. James’ and two other congregations into a new one called Emmanuel Anglican Parish.

Eighteen months ago, the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon, the Right Rev. David Irving, called together the clergy and lay leaders of all the city’s Anglican churches to discuss how they could better use their resources.

“When our churches were established, they were strategically located so people could walk to church,” Irving said. “That isn’t necessary any more because nearly everyone drives to church.

hat means churches don’t have to be as close together as they were in the past. We felt that by amalgamating one or more parishes, we could free up resources for ministry rather than just maintaining buildings.”

Irving encouraged congregations in the diocese to engage in conversations regarding possible amalgamations. Forums were held; one of the sticking points that frequently arose was potential loss of identity. But after six months of deliberation, three parishes – St. Mark’s, St. Timothy’s and St. James’ – approached the diocese with a proposal to amalgamate.

“We set up an amalgamation committee composed of five people from each congregation, plus the bishop,” Irving said. “There were no clergy involved, because clergy come and go. We wanted to be sure the congregation members and lay leadership were in sync.”

There was much for the committee to discuss and agree on: Style of worship, liturgy and music, education, staffing, outreach to the community, where the new congregation would worship, and more.

They didn’t always get agreement and often had to search for compromises, but after six months of negotiating, a unanimous affirmative decision was made. The committee called a meeting of all three congregations and presented the proposition. The overwhelming decision was to dissolve the three individual parishes and create a new one that would be called Emmanuel Anglican.

Anglican parishes generally have two lay people who function as wardens, but it was agreed that for the first couple of years, the new Emmanuel parish would have three – one from each of the amalgamating congregations.

The former St. James’ church was the logical place for the new parish to worship since St. Timothy’s congregation had no building and shared space with Augustana Lutheran Church, and St. Mark’s was a small church with no indoor plumbing. Irving says St. James’ was well able to accommodate the combined congregation.

Saskatoon Board of Education Building

Saskatoon Board of Education Building

The headquarters for the Saskatoon Board of Education began life as a Eaton’s Department Store.

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. Among the notable features of the Army & Navy store was a nautical-themed cafeteria. In the mid-1980s, the building was linked to a small shopping centre, office block and parkade that was constructed next door.

After Army and Navy vacated the building, it was purchased by the Saskatoon Board of Education. The Board undertook a revitalization of the building, which included the restoration of the façade, the terrazzo flooring, the brass fixtures on the street-level display windows, and the original wooden handrails and brass fittings on the stairways to their original condition.

Late evening on 21st Street

21st Street in Saskatoon

21st Street in downtown Saskatoon at night.

2nd Avenue Lofts

2nd Avenue Lofts

At first, the 2nd Avenue Lofts were the site of the J.F. Cairns department store. Opened in 1913, it stood an impressive five storeys, had a full basement, and enclosed 90,255 square feet. Built by G.H. Archibald and Company, it was constructed of fireproof steel and concrete, with a frontage of pressed brick, and was considered the finest building in the city, with elevators and a sprinkler system that was state of the art in fire suppression technology.

The store was owned by J.F. Cairns. Born in Lawrenceville, Quebec in 1870, J.F. Cairns had arrived in Saskatoon in 1902, opening the city’s first flour mill that same year. One of the city’s earliest merchants, he operated a bakery and grocery before expanding into retail. In 1903 he became the first Secretary of the Saskatoon Board of Trade, and he subsequently became a city alderman. A noted sportsman, J.F. Cairns field was opened in 1913. In 1922, he sold his department store to the Hudson’s Bay Company.

The building was torn down in 1958 and a new Bay store was built on the same site. In 1960, the new building opened for business. Construction continued with a six-storey parkade on the other side of 2nd Avenue (and a skywalk joining it to the Bay building) opening in 1967. The Bay would occupy the building until it purchased the former Eaton’s space in the Midtown Plaza. It vacated the store in 2000.

In 2004, Wayne Lemauviel, Gary Bender and later Gene Dub purchased the building and began work on converting the building into lofts.

Keeping Watch

Downtown gargoyle on the Delta Bessborough

Our downtown castle has some gargoyles to look out over the streets below.

2014 Santa Claus Parade

Saskatoon Santa Claus Parade

Mayor Donald J. Atchison

Saskatoon Folkfest SUV


Ken Cheveldayoff

Don Morgan and Rob Norris

HMCS Unicorn

Saskatoon Hilltops

College of Engineering

Saskatoon Fire Department

Santa Claus

A selection of photos from the 2014 Santa Claus Parade.

The Saskatoon Santa Claus Parade has come to town every year since it started 23 years ago, except for 2007 when it had to be cancelled due to a shortage of volunteers. Not even temperatures below minus-20, which have been experienced on two occasions, could possibly freeze out the warmth and festive cheer generated by this community event that is now a firm tradition in Saskatoon.

Well a firm tradition if we have enough volunteers.

It was a pretty weak parade and there wasn’t much more to it then I photographed.  Kudos to our mayor who was the only politician who actually walked the parade route while Don Morgan and Rob Norris drove it in a SUV with the heater going.

Cows at the University of Saskatchewan


Some of the dairy cows that live in the University of Saskatchewan’s main cattle barn.

Its size and location makes the Main Barn one of the most recognizable buildings at the University of Saskatchewan. Designed by Brown and Vallance of Montreal, the large L-shaped barn with silos attached was intended to provide accommodation for about thirty horses and fifty cattle. Construction took two years (1911-1912) with a total cost of $150,000. The west wing, 48 feet wide and 132 feet long, was finished in the first year and was used for the university’s horses until the 1950s. The dimensions of the east wing were 168 by 45 feet. It was used to house the dairy herd. The loft, with approximately the same area of the ground floor, was used to store feed.

The Barn rests on a concrete foundation with the first eight feet of the exterior walls composed of rough granite stone. The upper part of the exterior walls and roof are clad in cedar shingles. The roof line is 44 feet high but with the several ventilator cupolas located along the roof ridges the buildings height rises to 50 feet. The building has a Gambrel-type roof that became popular in the United States in the 1850s and is reminiscent of barns in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. The internal structure is made up of 8 by 10 timber beams supported by steel columns. The loft floor is comprised of 2 by 5 planks laid on edge. Of the original two ramps that gave access to the loft only the north side one exists today. Two 120-ton concrete silos flank the north ramp and are probably the oldest in Saskatchewan. A low stone wall of rough granite encircles much of the building and defines the Barn’s external pens.

You can follow these cows on Twtter at @USASKCOWS

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Holy Trinity Anglican Church.  As far as I can tell, it is another parish that does not have even a rudimentary website and really not much information about the church other than a phone number on the diocese website.  Its like it is the church that Saskatoon forgot.  Or is in a witness protection program.

A Year Round Warning

Beware of Falling Ice

Saskatoon Bus Stop Refeshments

Saskatoon Refreshments

Saskatoon Bus Stop Refreshments

People waiting in line on 21st Street

People waiting for the Saskatoon Bus Stop Refreshments

The regular evening lineup for the Saskatoon Bus Stop Refreshments.