City Hall

Regina was incorporated as a town in 1883. Back then, Regina had only about 1000 people and about 400 buildings. There was no town hall, and council meetings were held wherever there was room often in churches or stores. The first town hall was a wooden structure that stood on the corner of Scarth Street and 11 th Avenue . It was built in 1885-1886. The building served many functions; in addition to being the town hall, it was also the town police station and the town fire hall. It was a school during the day and a meeting hall and banquet hall in the evenings and on weekends.

By 1903, when Regina had become a city, the building was noticeably too small to serve the community's needs. A new city hall needed to be built. The new building was grand in scope and size, emphasizing the confidence city fathers saw in the future of the city. Built on 11 th Avenue between Hamilton and Rose Streets (where the Galleria Mall now stands), the new building was ornately decorated. It was often known as The Gingerbread Palace. Constructed between 1906 -1908, it came into use in 1908 as a city hall, centre of arts, music and literature, and a banquet hall. Like its wooden predecessor, the massive stone structure was used for everything from lectures to dances even boxing matches were held within its hallowed walls. However, by 1963, the revered old hall was showing its age and all civic offices were moved to the Old Post Office building. The building sat vacant for two years until it was demolished in 1965 to make room for a shopping centre.

  Title: Laying of the cornerstone at City Hall
Date: 1906
Retrieval Number: CORA-A-1490
  Title: Laying of the cornerstone at City Hall
Date: 1906
Retrieval Number: CORA-A-1491
  Title: Laying of City Hall cornerstone
Date: 1906
Retrieval Number: CORA-A-1619
  Title: Auction at City Hall
Date: 1906
Retrieval Number:CORA-RPL--B-525
  Title: City Hall
Date: 1907
Retrieval Number: CORA-B-700
  Title: City Hall
Date: 1907
Retrieval Number: CORA-B-701
  Title: City Hall opening
Date: 1908
Retrieval Number: CORA-RPL--F-9
  Title: Reception for Earl Grey's Visit
Date: 1909
Retrieval Number: CORA-RPL--B-32
  Title: Old City Hall
Date: 1910
Retrieval Number: CORA-A-1493
  Title: Blasting in front of City Hall
Date: 1910
Retrieval Number: CORA-A-1525
  Title: City Hall
Date: 1910
Retrieval Number: CORA-A-1620
  Title: 11 th Avenue from Rose Street
Date: 1912
Retrieval Number:CORA-RPL--B-210
  Title: Duke and Duchess of Connaught
Date: 1912
Retrieval Number: CORA-B-803
  Title: Looking west down 11 th Avenue
Date: 1912
Retrieval Number: CORA-B-166
  Title: City Hall
Date: 1915
Retrieval Number: CORA-RPL-A-115
  Title: Ball held in gingerbread City Hall
Date:
1920
Retrieval Number:
CORA-RPL-B-527
  Title: Wilfrid Gauthier and friends on City Hall steps
Date: 1920
Retrieval Number: CORA-A-2130
   Title: Regina 's City Hall
Date: 1925
Retrieval Number: CORA-A-1210
 

Title: The City of Regina Golden Book
Date(s) of Creation/Date of Publication: 1908-1972
Page Number of Scanned Image: p. 90

  Title: The City of Regina Golden Book
Date(s) of Creation/Date of Publication: 1908-1972
Page Number of Scanned Image: p. 105
  Title: The City of Regina Golden Book
Date(s) of Creation/Date of Publication: 1908-1972
Page Number of Scanned Image: p. 121.
  Title: The City of Regina Golden Book
Date(s) of Creation/Date of Publication: 1908-1972
Page Number of Scanned Image: p. 139
  Title: The City of Regina Golden Book
Date(s) of Creation/Date of Publication: 1908-1972
Page Number of Scanned Image: p. 183
  Title: The City of Regina Golden Book
Date(s) of Creation/Date of Publication: 1908-1972
Page Number of Scanned Image: p. 196

 

 

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