Did You Know? Regina’s Warehouse District over the Years
February 14, 2017
Today, Regina’s Warehouse District is an area chock full of local bars, one-of-a-kind shops and delicious eateries. But did you know our diverse history spans well over 100 years? Take a walk back in time, explore past and present, and discover 10 interesting facts that make us YQR’s soul of the city!
#1: The Warehouse District’s roots were planted on August 23rd, 1882 when the first train arrived in Regina. The area rapidly became a distribution point for agricultural equipment and supplies into Western Canada.
#2: According to a 1910 report, significant buildings in the Warehouse District included: John Deere Plow Co., Sears, General Motors, The Regina Brewery, Wilson and Smith Wholesale Grocers, and Peart Brother Wholesale Hardware.
#3: On June 30, 1912 the ‘great cyclone’ struck Regina, killing 28 people and making it the deadliest tornado in Canadian history. The storm toppled grain elevators, overturned freight cars and destroyed many important buildings within the Warehouse District, taking out the entire block of 2300 Dewdney Avenue. The tornado caused $5 million worth of overall damages.
#4: The Strathdee Building, located at 2206 Dewdney Avenue was built in 1913, a year after the tornado, and remains standing today. It is now home to Bushwakker Brew Pub downstairs and loft condos upstairs. It is both a designated heritage building and a municipal award winner.
#5: Before the 1912 tornado, the Warehouse District was mainly a residential settlement filled with family-style houses, grocery stores, and schools. In the years to come, suburban residential growth, decentralization of retail and warehousing and industrial land uses would diminish the importance of the Warehouse District.
#6: Architects Edgar Storey and W.G. Van Egmond were the brains behind many buildings in the Warehouse District. They constructed the Regina Cartage and Storage Warehouse in 1927 as well we the Northern Electric Building in 1930, which are both still in use today. Currently, the Regina Cartage and Storage Warehouse is home to Durty Nelly’s and Habano’s Martini and Cocktail lounge, while the Northern Electric building is home an assortment of businesses such as Brewed Awakening, Cathedral Arts School, the Wine Cellar and Eldorado Country Rock Bar.
#7: The former John Deere building at 1275 Broad Street still has its original freight elevator. The bottom floors of the building are businesses and the top floors are loft condos that range from $300,000 to over a million in price.
#8: The Warehouse District is home to some of the longest standing, locally owned businesses in Saskatchewan. Over 550 independent retailers are in the area ranging from fitness facilities, coffee shops, automotive shops, home décor stores, restaurants, performance venues and more.
#9: We have our own beer! Soul of the City was co-brewed by Mark Heise of Rebellion Brewing and Zaul McLellan of District Brewing Co. The artwork on the bottle was created by the District’s Ace of Swords Nathan Donahoe.
#10: Regina’s Warehouse Business Improvement District is constantly working towards revitalizing the area. They are known for hosting events such as the Gastro Brew Fest, Jane’s Walk, and Christmas in the District, while beautifying the area with pocket parks and an annual Clean-Up day.
Tags: Community, Events, history