Saskatchewan

Historic Regina building with gargoyles to get facelift

With its gargoyles, neo-gothic design and prominent downtown location, the former Saskatchewan Wheat Pool building is one of Regina's most visible heritage buildings — and now it's getting a $4.7 million facelift.

$4.7M facelift planned for former home of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool

Among the features of the Viterra building at 2056 Albert Street is a number of terra cotta gargoyles. (City of Regina)

With its gargoyles, neo-gothic design and prominent downtown location, the former Saskatchewan Wheat Pool building is one of Regina's most visible heritage buildings — and now it's getting a $4.7 million facelift.

Built in 1913, the three-storey building at 2625 Victoria Avenue was originally home to the C.W. Sherwood Company department store — Regina's first — but spent most of its existence as home of the Wheat Pool.

In recent years, it's been one of the office buildings used by Viterra, the corporation that came after the Wheat Pool and more recently merged with Glencore.

The three-storey building at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Albert Street is more than a century old and in need of repairs. (Google Street View)

"The building features an elaborate brick, ornamental iron and glass facade highlighted by sculpted pilasters, coloured tiles and intricately formed gargoyles made from glazed terra cotta," a report prepared for the City by an architectural design company says.

The grey building has deteriorated in recent years, some brick and mortar has fallen out and now the corporate owners are ready to spend money on an overhaul.

The City of Regina is being asked to subsidize some of the repairs. A report going to the city's finance and administration committee recommends a 10-year property tax break that would total $1,118,826.

If the committee approves, the proposal will go to city council for a final decision.

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