Hotel Saskatchewan

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Hotel Saskatchewan
Hotel-Saskatchewan.jpg
Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan
General information
Location Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Coordinates 50°26′48″N 104°36′41″W / 50.44667°N 104.61139°W / 50.44667; -104.61139Coordinates: 50°26′48″N 104°36′41″W / 50.44667°N 104.61139°W / 50.44667; -104.61139
Opening 1927
Management Radisson Hotels
Technical details
Floor count 10
Design and construction
Architect Ross and Macdonald
Developer Canadian Pacific Railway
Other information
Number of rooms 224
Number of suites 27
Number of restaurants 1

The Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan is a historic hotel, one of Canada's grand railway hotels located in downtown Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, overlooking Victoria Park.

The Hotel Saskatchewan was the fourteenth hotel in a nationwide chain constructed and owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway[1] The railway's earlier hotels, such as the Château Frontenac in Quebec City, the Chateau Lake Louise and the Banff Springs Hotel were designed in a distinctive château style, but by the late 1920s this had been abandoned in favor of a much simpler and less expensive style although the Canadian National Railway's Bessborough hotel in Saskatoon was built from 1928 to 1932. The Hotel Saskatchewan was the hub of the city's social life, and today operates as part of the Radisson Hotels chain.

Hotel Saskatchewan, circa 1930
Artistic rendering of the planned and partially constructed Chateau Qu'Appelle

History[edit]

Postcard of the building-in-progress Chateau Qu'Appelle published and distributed in or about 1913

A prior attempt at construction of a grand railway hotel for Regina, the Chateau Qu'Appelle, failed when the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway went bankrupt. The partially constructed Chateau Qu'Appelle—now the site of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum on the corner of Albert Street and College Avenue—remained derelict for some years until the CPR purchased the disused girders for use in the construction of the Hotel Saskatchewan and the large excavation was finally filled in.

The foundations remained in the ground, however, substantially accounting for the positioning of the Provincial Museum (now renamed Royal Saskatchewan Museum) at the corner of College Avenue and Albert Street but diagonally and substantially back from the streets. It is of course uncertain that if the Chateau Qu'Appelle had successfully been completed it would remain standing, but comparable palatial railway hotels in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Saskatoon, Banff Springs, Vancouver, Victoria BC and elsewhere remain standing and thriving.

Its opening in 1927 caused Government House to cease being needed to accommodate official visitors as it had previously done for such people as the future King George V and Queen Mary, then Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, to the then-Territories, 1901, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, his wife and their daughter Princess Patricia in 1912, the Prince of Wales in 1927, 17 years before its closure in 1944.

On February 19, 2014, it was announced that Winnipeg-based Temple Hotels, owners of Moose Jaw's Temple Gardens, Saskatoon Inn and Regina's Wingate hotel, would purchase Hotel Saskatchewan for $32.8 million.[2]

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Preceded by
Saskatchewan Legislative Building
Tallest Building in Regina
1927-1969
53 m
Succeeded by
Avord Tower