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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

During the first few decades of Saskatoon’s history, residents were unaccustomed to seeing a city from the clouds. Then, our city’s tallest structures afforded the loftiest perspective of the fledgling city, resulting in photographs with an arresting view. As aviation developed, the vantage point soared and photos taken from low-flying planes led to even broader vistas.

Original Gallery Show (1990) curated by: Local History Room Staff



1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

Spadina Crescent East about 1964. To the left is the Vimy Memorial Bandstand in Kiwanis Park. Across Spadina is the YMCA, now demolished, and the Court House under construction.

Date: [ca. 1958]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

Near the centre of this 1950s photo is City Hall square. The building, originally King Edward School, served as City Hall from 1912 to 1956. The present City Hall was constructed directly behind it. Across 24th Street from the square is Third Avenue United Church.

Date: [before 1956]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

The opening of the University Hospital was one of the most significant events in 1955, the year Saskatchewan celebrated its 50th anniversary. The hospital took eight years to build and cost $8,000,000.

Date: [ca. 1957]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

Downtown Saskatoon in the 1950s. 4th Avenue (perpendicular to the river) and 22nd Street intersect near the bottom of the photo. The Idylwyld Freeway Bridge has replaced the old Canadian National Railway bridge which spans the river in this photo.

Date: [ca. 1954]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

A portion of Nutana, looking north toward the Canadian Pacific Railway bridge from 12th Street. The wide street lined with saplings is Broadway Avenue North, renamed University Drive in 1915.

Date: [between 1909 and 1910]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

The Hoeschen-Wentzler Brewing Company on Herman Avenue, near Saskatchewan Crescent West, later became the Saskatoon Brewing Company, and then Labatts. John Hoeschen and his son Ben, along with expert brewmaster Fred Wentzler, chose the Saskatoon location mainly because of the river.

Date: [1914 or 1915]

Note: Original is a tinted postcard.

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

A 1910 view of downtown Saskatoon from the east side of the South Saskatchewan River. The Empire Hotel, prominent on the right, opened in 1906. The large building at left with rows of windows is the Immigration Hall.

Date: [ca. 1910]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

The south end of 1st Avenue, showing part of the Canadian Northern Railway yards, the old railway bridge, and the overhead footbridge. The new Queen’s Hotel across the street from the Windsor Hotel cost $225,000 to build in 1911. The structure was demolished after a fire in 1980.

Date: [ca. 1913]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

Saskatoon’s industrial area, near the Canadian Northern Railway yards on 1st Avenue, expanded as shown here during the economic boom period of the early years. Although Saskatoon’s businessmen attempted to industrialize the city, it remained a distribution and service centre for smaller communities in the surrounding countryside.

Date: [between 1908 and 1914]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

A bird's-eye view of 21st Street facing east fom the vantage of the MacMillan Building, where the photographer captures the Cenotaph standing prominantly in the street. A horse-drawn wagon shares the road with automobiles - a time of transition. The Cenotaph was moved to City Hall in 1957.

Date: [ca. 1945]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

The South Saskatchewan River wending through Saskatoon in the early 1960s. Four of the city's five bridges are visible: the University Bridge (1915); the Broadway Bridge, a make-work project of the 1930s; the Traffic Bridge, Saskatoon's first vehicular bridge (1907); and the first railway bridge (1890) furthest up river.

Saskatoon now has seven bridges; the Idylwyld Freeway Bridge (now called the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge) opened in 1966 on the site of the former railway bridge, and the Circle Drive Bridge was completed in 1983.

Date: [1962]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

Looking north over the city from a point in the sky somewhere over the Holiday Park Golf Course. The Kinsmen Arena, Sanitorium, and old Pion-Era grounds are visible in the foreground.

Date: [1962]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

The view from a point above the 25th Street (University) Bridge. The President's Residence, Ellis Hall and University Hospital are visible in the foreground. The School for the Deaf, Grosvenor Park and Greystone Heights are in the background.

Date: [1962]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

The early boom and bust period in Saskaton’s history is represented by two large buildings in this photograph built in 1912 and now demolished. The Ross Block, at right, was originally intended to have ten storeys, but construction stopped at seven. The Standard Trusts Building retained blank walls on its north and east sides in anticipation of other structures that were never built.

Date: [ca. 1912]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

The First Baptist Church, on the corner of 25th Street and 4th Avenue, dominates this photograph. The church was destroyed in a spectacular fire on New Year’s night 1943, but within two years the congregation built a new structure on the original foundation.

Date: [ca. 1910]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

A portion of downtown Saskatoon around 1913. The large structure in the centre, built in 1906, is the Empire Hotel and Theatre at the corner of 20th Street and 2nd Avenue. Renovations in 1912 added an extra floor and changed the appearance of the building.

Date: [ca. 1912]

Note: Original is sepia toned.

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

Looking upriver from Nutana in 1909. In the foreground is the Traffic Bridge and upstream is Saskatoon’s first bridge. Built by the Qu’Appelle Long Lake and Saskatchewan Railway Company in 1890, it was leased by the Canadian Pacific Railway until 1906 and then taken over by the Canadian Northern Railway. The Idylwyld Freeway Bridge replaced it in 1965.

Date: 1909.

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

Riversdale around 1945, looking east from St. Paul’s Hospital. St. Mary’s Church, to the right, is at 20th Street and Avenue O; the dome of St. George’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral is in the distance. Along with Nutana, Riversdale became part of the City of Saskatoon when the three communities amalgamated in 1906.

Date: [ca. 1946]

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

The City Park area, shown here in 1928, appears crowded because of its 25-foot lots. Realtors maximized profits by subdividing certain areas into as many lots as possible.

The photograph is taken from near 6th Avenue and looks northwest towards Idylwyld Drive. In the distance, at the far left, is the J.H. Ashdown Company warehouse on 1st Avenue. To the right is the Robin Hood Mill.

Date: 1928.

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1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

Saskatoon’s first exhibition held at the present Exhibition Grounds took place in 1909. Before then, fairs in Saskatoon were primarily agricultural competitions held at the Louise Grounds (present location of Nutana Collegiate), and later in City Park.

Date: 1909.

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