Jane’s Walk: Regina Lakeview

The Lakeview neighbourhood of Regina is the residential area west of Albert Street across from the Legislative grounds. The land was originally bought by the McCallum Hill and Company in 1904. It was partitioned and sold to the city in 1911. Walter Hill and Edgar McCallum built their own houses in this neighbourhood. In a 1912, the new streetcar line on Albert Street helped boost sales. By 1960 the residential area was completed. As a result there is a variety of architectural styles and sizes. Here are a few highlights:

McCallum Residence

This residence was built in 1912 for Edgar McCallum and designed by Fredrick Chapman Clemesha. McCallum established the real estate and insurance business – McCallum Hill and Company – with his brother Ernest and partner Walter Hill in 1903. The architectural style is Tutor Revival and cost $30,000 at the time. It features an oriel window and portico.

Blacklock Residence

Robert Blacklock lived here from its construction in 1911 until 1919. He was the principal of Victoria School and later worked the Department of Education. The design for this house came from Gustav Stickley’s 1905 pattern book. The house plan was labeled “Cottage for a Small Family”. Stickley endeavored to build low maintenance homes.

Young Residence

The manager of Sun Electric Products, Ridgley Young, lived here from 1922 to 1925. It was built by Storey and Van Egmond. The extensive use of fieldstone was common in Craftsman style houses. Samuel Cohen bought the house in 1925 and resided there for the next seventeen years. Cohen founded the Army and Navy Department Store in 1924.

England Residence/Devon Court

In 1921 Frederick England had this house built. England first came to Regina in 1887 and established England’s Jeweller. He worked at his store for sixty-six years! England also installed the Post Office Tower clock in 1912 and wound it weekly. He served on city council six times between 1916 and 1935. The property was divided into suites after the Englands sold it in 1939. It displays the Federal style and has a porte-cochere on the east side.

Rideout Residence

This house was built in 1927 for Reginald Rideout by Storey and Van Egmond. Rideout was the General Manager of the Western Trust Company. He sold the house in 1939. The style is Spanish Colonial Revival. The clay tile roof is actually an imitation made of prefabricated metal.

Rounding Residence

This house was built in 1914 for Lewis Rounding, a land developer. Rounding was killed during World War I. His wife lived on the property operating a gentlemen’s boarding house until 1923. The house was converted into suites in 1939, but is now a private residence. The Rounding Land Company built the house for $15,000.

The City of Regina is deceiving in its promotion of history and culture. The website states the city has around 300 heritage properties. However, only 59 properties are on the Municipal Heritage Property Registry sites which can’t be demolished or altered. Over 250 of the building are on the Municipal Heritage Holding Bylaw List (since renamed the Heritage Inventory). These properties are only protected by demolition for a 60-day holding period. The city weighs the heritage merits of the property and alternatives to destroying the building. The majority of houses on the Heritage Inventory have been there since 1989. This displays the incredible lack of attention, priority, and importance the City of Regina places on heritage, culture, and history. None of the residences I discussed are on the Municipal Heritage Property Registry.

The city has a number of self-guided heritage walking tours on its website.

 

 

 

 

 

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