Snow slogging and photo blogging

Yesterday I photographed two of the tours from Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw. First: Lakeview.

Lots of very nice houses. Lots of other scenic things to shoot, starting with Wascana Centre:

As you can tell, it may be March, but it definitely ain’t spring yet:

Of course there were the obvious things I had to photograph:
And other things I photographed just for fun, like Regina’s version of Jupiter’s Red Spot:
I was once again, as I have been for most of these walking tours, in Wilf Perrault country:

And finally, yes, I shot dozens of photos of houses for the tour. In honour of commenter Ian H., here’s one of the houses he mentioned, on the northwest corner of McCallum and Angus:

One of Regina’s first residents, Frederick George England, had this house built in 1921 at a cost of $26,000.
England was born in Ontario in 1880 and came to Regina with his parents, John and Marcella England, in 1888. John England was a baker and confectioner in the city for many years before retiring to Vancouver.
Frederick England attended school in Regina and apprenticed in the jewelry business. After working with another jeweler for five years, he bought out the other man and opened England’s Jeweller in 1900. He operated it for 66 years, and it remained a family-run operation until 1985. England was the official watch inspector for the Canadian Pacific Railway and also installed the clock in the Post Office Tower in 1912 (and wound it every week with a huge hand crank).
England was also a director of the Saskatchewan Mortgage and Trust Corporation and owned a considerable amount of real estate. He served on city council for six terms between 1916 and 1935, and enthusiastically supported the Regina Exhibition.
In 1939, when the England family sold this house, it was divided into seven suites and renamed the Devon Court Apartments.
Right now, it appears to be standing empty.
And just for fun, here’s the house on the northeast corner of McCallum and Angus:

This is officially known as the Andre Residence. It was one of the first houses in Regina to incorporate an attached garage. Designed by Regina architects Storey and Van Egmond (who certainly designed more of the buildings on the historic walks than any other architects), it features 18th century Classical motifs. Two previous designs were rejected by the owner, Nathanial Andre.

Andre came to Regina from Minneapolis in 1913 to manage the insurance branch of McCallum Hill. He had a tremendous interest in sports, and contributed to the formation of the Regina Rangers, a hockey team sponsored by the New York Rangers that won the Allen Cup in 1941.

Andre lived here until 1943. From 1944 to 1974, this was the home of John Sangster, founder of Mid-West Motors, who was instrumental in the planning and construction of the YMCA building on 13th Avenue, and served on the national executive committee of the Progressive Conservative Party.

Later: Germantown pictures!

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    • Edward Willett on March 5, 2007 at 11:58 pm
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    It’s a big one, all right. Looks empty at the moment–maybe you could buy it and turn it back into a single-family dwelling! 🙂

    • Ian H. on March 5, 2007 at 9:40 pm
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    Sweet, thanks! I used to deliver the Leader-Post to that house and could never quite picture it as one big house instead of subdivided… it just seemed too big…

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