Connaught Makes Heritage Canada’s Endangered Places List

The Heritage Canada Foundation released its Top 10 Endangered Places list today and guess what? We’re on it.

Seems Heritage Canada has caught wind of the fact that it is looking very likely that Connaught School in the Cathedral neighbourhood will get demolished in the not-too-distant future.

Here’s a little from the write up explaining why the building is in trouble:

A 2010 engineering report stated that Connaught was near the limits of safe occupancy and that a plan for repair or replacement must be in place within five years. A visual engineering inspection found the structure highly compromised: there was floor heave, foundation movement, and cracks in the roof slabs, some precipitated by the removal of architectural features like the exterior cornice. The engineering firm provided an estimate of $6.25 million to stabilize the building.

We have a piece in tomorrow’s prairie dog that looks at the Connaught situation. Suffice it to say, things do not look good.

Personally, I’m beginning to think the best solution for Regina is to bulldoze everything. No… Everything. Then pave over the land we need and house the whole city — everything from homes to stores to schools to industry — in disposable mobile trailer units. That way there would be lots of parking, plenty of roads and we could shuffle the whole city around whenever we want. We could spell out Rider Pride with our disposable mobile trailer units during Grey Cup. You could see our team spirit from space! And everything would look exactly the same. Like shiny, metal boxes. And you know who loves boxes, don’t you? Babies. They adore boxes. And why would you want to deny babies the joy of living in a city of boxes?

Regina could be the envy of babies everywhere.

Author: Paul Dechene

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9 thoughts on “Connaught Makes Heritage Canada’s Endangered Places List”

  1. Some ass to mouth, wants to teardown Connaught School? JFingC!

    Get rid of all curent CoR council / old boys/girls/library board/ the Fing LOT !school board trustees? what a lie! Be gone!

  2. Uh-oh, a registered charity, wading into political activism in Saskatchewan??? Someone’s about to feel the full weight of Harper-style justice.

  3. Ron – As much as I would like to blame the City of Regina Council, I think this one is on the School Board. Although, techinically the City could designate it and refuse to issue the demolition permit I think.

  4. This is Regina: Connaught is as good as gone. If anyone’s moving here for heritage, wow, you received a bum steer.

  5. Normally “heritage” is used as a verb to describe the creation of new parking lots in Regina. I think city council has actually agreed to restore the Davin Fountain at a cost of $100K, though “saddling” an incoming council with such a hefty price tag may have that on hold. Saddling with stadiums, cool, fountains, not so cool. Anyway, that’s an actual example of heritage preservation, even if the fountain is kinda silly.

  6. The wattage of intelligence of Dog posts would be hard pressed to run the remote for a garage door opener. If you want to save that building, get your cheque book out and stop whining about who did or did not do all of the right things all of the time to save this nationally significant (1 of hundreds) of 1900’s schools. By the way, every party has been in power since Connaught has been falling apart, so underfunding education is the responsibility of the Liberals, the CCF, the NDP, the NDP, the NDP, the Conservatives, the NDP, the NDP, and now the SaskParty. Ron, you are a 3 year old when it comes to formulating any sort of reasonable position. Talbot, are you just too blinded to be able to really rationalize a sensible thought? Come on, do you really think there is a huge conspiracy to degrade the City by tearing down old buildings, or is it more reasonable to think that considerable thought goes into these things? Hey, grad is coming up, what will you do when you get to high-school?

  7. Quote from #7: Come on, do you really think there is a huge conspiracy to degrade the City by tearing down old buildings, or is it more reasonable to think that considerable thought goes into these things?
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    There is a lack of “considerable thought”
    going into these decisions by the people in power, that is the point. What thought they put in is far from comprehensive; it is from a very narrow, short-term fiscal property-value driven perspective. It may pad the pockets of the realtors and a few businesses, but it is a permanent long-term loss to everyone.

    Yes, this has happened a lot in the past and continues to happen today – and it must stop. These decisions must become truly politic (judicious, prudent, sagacious) and not political (taking or belonging to a side in politics or in controversial matters).

  8. #7 I started a conversation,right?

    If you had jumped in to be the first commentor, with; I agree with the CoR’s decesions whole heartedly & scrap the school. It’s old ,condos create jobs.

    where would that go?

    #8 knuckle taps!

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