Montgomery Place in Saskatoon designated national historic site

Montgomery Place, a neighbourhood on Saskatoon's west side, has been designated a national historic site.

Neighbourhood built in 1946 to address housing shortage for veterans

Montgomery Place in the 1950s. (Montgomery Place Community Association)

Montgomery Place, which was already gearing up to celebrate the community's 70th anniversary this year, now has even more reason to celebrate.

The neighbourhood, on Saskatoon's westside, has been designated a national historic site.

"I was over the moon. I was very excited about this," Barb Biddle said. This is really an honour not only for our community but for Saskatoon and Saskatchewan as well."

Biddle, who is president of the Montgomery Place Community Association, said the group made the submission in 2014 and was informed Monday about the designation.

Parks Canada said national historic sites are "places of profound importance to Canada" and "bear witness to this nation's defining moments and illustrate its human creativity and cultural traditions."
Montgomery Place in the 1950s. (Montgomery Place Community Association)

Post-World War II community

Construction of Montgomery Place began at the end of the Second World War to address the housing shortage for returning vets.

"They actually had an option. They could acquire a farm or they could move into a rural subdivision, which is what Montgomery Place was," Biddle said.

The first 28 homes of the new community were built by 1946. Veterans has two styles of bungalows to choose from.

"One was a rectangle. One was a a square one and then there was a story and a half, which you had a choice, with or without gables," Biddle said.

Montgomery Place became part of the City of Saskatoon on Jan. 1, 1955. Today, Biddle said many of the original homes are still standing, although some have been renovated.

She said the national historic site designation does not come with any rules or regulations for homeowners. She said they can do whatever they want with their home or their property.

She said the community will receive a plaque that indicates the designation and it will be placed in Montgomery Park.
A Montgomery Place backyard circa 1960s. (Montgomery Place Community Association)