Old bakery among 4 Regina properties given heritage status

Regina's former Weston Bakery and three other properties were approved to become municipal heritage properties on Monday.

Old No. 1 Fire Hall also receives protective designation

The old Weston bakery, a large brick building in Regina's Warehouse District, is on track to receive municipal heritage designation tonight at city hall. (City of Regina)
The Weston Bakery building, seen here in its heyday around 1940, is one of four Regina properties that could be designated a municipal heritage property tonight. (City of Regina)

Regina's former Weston Bakery and three other properties have been given the stamp of approval to become municipal heritage properties.

Regina City Council members voted on the heritage status for the Somerset Block (1806 Smith St.), the Frontenac Apartments (2022 Lorne St.), the Weston Bakery building (1377 Hamilton St.) and the Old No. 1 Fire Hall (corner of Osler Street and 11th Avenue).

The status was approved for all four of the buildings. A heritage designation makes a property owner eligible for city financial aid to restore the building.

Councillor Mike O'Donnell remarked to council on some of the future plans for the Weston Bakery building.

The old No. 1 Fire Hall has been renovated and is now part of a larger civic complex. (City of Regina)

He said the owner is planning for a variety of possibilities on the first floor of the building, which could include either a restaurant, night club, art gallery, brewery or distillery. The second and third floor would be for office and residential use. There are also plans for a parking lot nearby.

"We thought this was not only meeting the needs of the community, but a rather exciting project," O'Donnell said. 

Regina's Fire Hall No. 1, located at the corner of Osler Street and 11th Avenue could be declared a municipal heritage property tonight. (R-B8899-1/Saskatchewan Archives Board)

As for the Frontenac Apartments, council heard there are plans to make structural improvements, such as replacing the sewer lines and a major electrical upgrade.

Councillor Shawn Fraser voiced his support for the designation of the Frontenac Apartments. 

"It's a beautiful building and let's hope it stands for another 100 years," he said. 

The city's municipal heritage committee had previously given its seal of approval to heritage status for the four properties. 

The Frontenac Apartments were built in 1929 during a brief housing boom in Regina. (City of Regina)