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McLean Block

263 3rd Avenue South, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/11/20

Front view, facing West; Winkel, 2009
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Other Name(s)

McLean Block
Morton Block
Early Block
Helgerson Block

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Construction Date(s)

1912/01/01 to 1912/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/09/28

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The McLean Block is a Municipal Heritage Property located at 263 Third Avenue South in Saskatoon. The designation applies to a three-storey, brick commercial building built in 1912.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the McLean Block lies in its architecture. Built in the commercial vernacular architectural style, it is representative of the permanent commercial buildings erected in Saskatoon during the pre-World War One building boom. Constructed of brick and stone, the building presented the image of permanency and modernism desired by the burgeoning business community during the period. The street level featured large windows typically used to showcase consumer goods, but the distinct brick-and-stone pattern of the façade of the upper floor helped distinguish the building from others built along Third Avenue during this period.

The heritage value of the building also lies in its historical integrity and contribution to the Third Avenue streetscape. The McLean Block’s intact façade plays a significant role in the presentation of the streetscape along Third Avenue, which features many of the original, similarly sized brick commercial structures constructed along the street during the boom period which followed Saskatoon’s incorporation in 1906.


City of Saskatoon Bylaw No. 8540.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the McLean block resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those architectural elements typical of the commercial vernacular style, such as the use of brick as the primary building material; the symmetry of the pattern of door and the window openings and large windows on the street level;
-those elements that speak to the historic integrity of the building, including the tile on the street level façade; decorative brick contrasted with dark terra cotta, a decorative frieze across the top of the building and pediments adorned with scroll work at each corner; decorative terra cotta heads atop the projecting bays at either end of the building, the terra cotta cornice and coping on the parapet wall; and the unique segmentation pattern of the façade windows;
-those elements that support the building's contribution to the Third Avenue streetscape, such as its height and location on its original site.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building


Architect / Designer

Thompson, Daniel and Colhurst



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Heritage Resources Branch 9th floor, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina, SK, S4P 4H2 File No: MHP 2340

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 2340



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