I have been hosting this website for the past five-plus years and continue to be delightfully surprised by the number of you who regularly drop by to check out samples of my artwork and photography. Thank you for your kind interest!
Aside from art and photography, I have a keen appreciation of Saskatoon's many historic — or special in some other way — buildings, bridges and other structures that make this city such an enjoyable place to live and explore.
Saskatoon is no Europe when it comes to preserving and protecting heritage structures, and it never will be if we can't get past the idea that it's OK to bulldoze them when they get a little long in the tooth. Fortunately, the city does have people who care about such things and who have done much to help preserve Saskatoon's heritage buildings. One of the most prominent is developer Ken Achs, who has preserved several, including two of the most popular, the CP Railway Station on Idylwyld and the old Firehall No. 3 on 11th Street near Broadway. We owe him and others like him a debt of gratitude.
With the dust barely settled from the recent demolition of four historic properties — the Farnam Block on Broadway; its tiny next-door neighbour, the Merry Mansion of Humphrey and the Dumptrucks fame; the former Quaker Oats Mill on 18th Street; and the Traffic Bridge — I felt the time was right to add a special photo section to this website to recognize Saskatoon's most iconic structures before any more of them fall prey to Father Time, Mother Nature, or Cousin Filbert's wrecking ball.
So, what qualifies as Saskatoon's most iconic structures? The ones that make the cut will do so for a variety of reasons. It could be their age or historic significance, their beauty or elegance, their architectural style or because they are in some other way unique. Or perhaps they are just curiosities that some of us feel drawn to. Regardless, my list is long and continues to grow, so this will be an ongoing project. But please feel welcome to drop by often to see what's been added.
And if you happen to share my interest in a particular structure and would like to purchase a photo reprint, they are all shot on a high-resolution (36 megapixel) camera, perfect for large reproductions and framing. I can be reached through the CONTACT page above.