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Northern Crown Bank

1819 Scarth Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1989/01/13

Street-level view of Northern Crown bank from Southwest, 1991.; Government of Saskatchewan, T.J. Sinclair, 1991
Northern Crown Bank
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Other Name(s)

Northern Crown Building
Northern Crown Bank
The Northern Bank

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Construction Date(s)

1906/01/01 to 1906/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/07/29

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Northern Crown Bank is a Provincial Heritage Property comprised of two commercial lots in the central business district of Regina. The property features a five-storey brick and stone office building constructed in 1906.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Northern Crown Bank resides in its status as the oldest commercial building in Regina's central business district. Constructed in 1906, the Northern Crown Bank helped to establish Scarth Street as the main financial block in Regina. At five stories in height, the Northern Crown Bank was one of the largest buildings in Regina at the time of construction.

A representative example of early twentieth-century Canadian banking architecture, the heritage value of the Northern Crown Bank also lies in its architecture. Designed by Winnipeg architects Blair and Northwood in the Classical Revival style, the building projects an image of conservatism, stability and wealth desired by banking institutions during the period. Reflecting the western Canadian roots of the Winnipeg-based bank, the stone pediment features a unique and elaborate carving of a prairie farm family. The ornate tile and wood flooring, decorative staircase and Saskatchewan's first passenger elevator (since removed) perpetuated the functional opulence on the interior.

Source:

Province of Saskatchewan, Notice of Intention to Designate as Provincial Heritage Property under The Heritage Property Act, August 24, 1988.

Province of Saskatchewan, Order to Designate as Provincial Heritage Property under The Heritage Property Act, January 13, 1989.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Northern Bank resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements of the Classical Revival style used in late 19th century bank construction, including columns, pediments, regular window and door patterns and projecting cornices;
-the decorative Indiana Limestone features on the façade, including pictorial carving and pediment brackets;
-those interior elements which reflect the opulence of the office building, including ornate tile and wood floor flooring, decorative iron and wood staircase and fixtures;
-those elements which reflect the use of building as a banking institution, including signage, furniture and fixtures;
-the siting of the building on its original location and within the streetscape of pre-1914 buildings along Scarth Street.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Saskatchewan

Recognition Authority

Government of Saskatchewan

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 39(1)

Recognition Type

Provincial Heritage Property

Recognition Date

1989/01/13

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type

Current

Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building
Commerce / Commercial Services
Eating or Drinking Establishment
Residence
Multiple Dwelling

Historic

Commerce / Commercial Services
Bank or Stock Exchange

Architect / Designer

Blair and Northwood

Builder

R. Watson

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: PHP 419

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

PHP 419

Status

Published

Related Places

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