Saskatchewan

Development firm will take Plains Hotel sign

A distinctive element of the old Regina's Plains Hotel, a sign which popped up on Kijiji, will become a part of a new development at the site.
The sign known as the weather tower was taken off the roof of Prairie Sign on Monday. A sale is in the works, but the company says questions have arisen over who owns it. (Dean Gutheil/CBC)

A distinctive element of the old Regina's Plains Hotel, a sign which popped up on Kijiji, will become a part of a new development at the site.

In decades past, it was known as the weather tower, because the illuminated sign was programmed to display different colours depending on the weather.

Artist Ted Godwin conceived the weather indicator that stood atop the old Plains Hotel in Regina. For years, it flashed different colours depending on the weather. (Craig Shutko/blogspot.ca (the plains and good time charlie - regina))

The Plains, located at the key intersection of Albert Street and Victoria Avenue, was demolished in 2011. The sign was put into storage on the roof of a Regina sign company.

The original developers had said they would be incorporating the sign into a hotel and condo complex that was planned for the site.

But since then, the housing project has stalled and another company has taken it over.

While all that was going on, the company that has the sign — Prairie Sign — was ready to sell the sign and an advertisement popped up on Kijiji.

After being contacted by CBC News, however, Prairie Sign said they are OK with hanging onto the sign for a time longer adding that the sign will, in time, become a part of the new development for the site.

For many years, the Plains Hotel was a familiar landmark for Regina residents driving by the corner of Albert Street and Victoria Avenue. (Google)
The hotel was torn down in December 2011 to make way for a condo-hotel complex, but to date, it's still an empty lot. (CBC)

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