Gustin House

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Gustin House
(including Trounce House)
Gustin House
General information
Status Complete
Location 512 10th Street East
Town or city Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Country Canada
Coordinates 52°7′3.4″N 106°39′31.9″W / 52.117611°N 106.658861°W / 52.117611; -106.658861Coordinates: 52°7′3.4″N 106°39′31.9″W / 52.117611°N 106.658861°W / 52.117611; -106.658861
Completed Gustin (1920)
Trounce (1883)

The Gustin House is a municipal and provincial designated historic building located in the Nutana neighborhood of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Trounce House, also a historic building, was relocated into the backyard of the Gustin House property in 1920.

The Gustin House is a 1920s style residential home with a special piano studio that connects to the main living room in the by sliding glass doors, permitting the use of the combined space for performances.[1] In 1928 a back extension was constructed permitting a second rear piano studio to be added,[2]the first remaining in the living room at the front of the house inside the veranda, with a library between the rooms. Dr Gustin's summer-class students also used the piano in Grace-Westminster United Church across the street at the corner of Eastlake Avenue -- Westminster Church on 12th Street having closed in the mid-1960s.

Built for Dr Lyell Gustin (1895–1988), pianist and music teacher, the space was used to teach amateur and professional musicians over a period of 70 years.[3] Between some 357 of the students taught by Lyell Gustin over 465 diplomas from Canadian and English music examining boards were awarded.[4]

In 1988, after the death of Lyell Gustin, the house was left to the University of Saskatchewan. Initially the university only intended to preserve the two Steinway pianos and portraits as a memorial, however the university was persuaded to sell the building and its other contents to one of his former students, Lloyd Rodwell, who donated the assets to the Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee.[2]

The Committee now operates the home as an office to organize recitals in the city, while permitting it to be used to display artifacts of Lyell Gustin, for meeting space used by the local music community and hosting chamber music recitals.[4]

Trounce House[edit]

Trounce House

The Trounce House (1883) is the oldest known building in Saskatoon; one of a set of six originally built to house settlers from the Temperance Colonization Society. The home was built for John Conn, however he never lived in it. It was sold in 1884 to Harry and Bessie Trounce.[5] In 1885 one of the three rooms was used as a retail store, making it the first retail establishment housed in a building within the city.[5] The home was built from the first shipment of wood shipped to the Temperance Colonization Society that initially settled Saskatoon. In 1920 the building was moved from the front to the back of the current lot (permitting the Gustin House to be built in its place [2]) and converted into a garage.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Trounce House and The Gustin House". Heritage Properties. Historical Places - A Joint Federal, Provincial and Territorial Initiative. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "About Gustin House". Gustin/Trouce Heritage Committee. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Gustin House". Saskatoon Heritage Society. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  4. ^ a b "About Lyell Gustin". Gustin/Trouce Heritage Committee. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  5. ^ a b "About Trounce House". Gustin/Trouce Heritage Committee. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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