The Importance of Preserving Saskatchewan Heritage: Third Avenue United Church at Risk

Recent developments have left the Third Avenue United Church building in Saskatoon vulnerable to demolition. To raise awareness of this important issue, Great Places and Mendel’s Murals are co-sponsoring a public forum at the Church to discuss the heritage significance of this building and the value of heritage architecture.

On Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:00pm, the public is invited to hear three speakers including the entertaining Bill Waiser, author of the award-winning Saskatchewan: A New History; Dave Denny, Chair of the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee; and award-winning heritage architect Allan Duddridge of Stantec Architecture, all of whom will discuss related architectural issues and why the roof design helps the building have the best acoustics in the city – a fact that will be demonstrated by soprano vocalist Danika Loren. The event is moderated by Jason Wall, manager of the Western Development Museum. These engaging panelists will discuss why heritage matters, why old buildings may be undervalued, and options to adapt the Third Avenue Church to a new purpose and modern uses.

A public discussion will follow, and all are welcome to participate. Admission is free, and attendees will have an opportunity to sign a petition. Any proceeds from wine and snack sales will go to support the much-valued and imperiled Third Avenue United Church, for so long a beautiful landmark building defining a critical part of Saskatoon’s downtown core.

The Third Avenue United Church is located at 304 Third Avenue North in Saskatoon.

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