Modern Press Building

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Modern Press Building
Saskatoon Modern Press Building 2010.jpg
Modern Press Building
General information
Architectural style Streamline Moderne
Location 446 2nd Avenue North
Town or city Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Country Canada
Completed 1927
Renovated 1947, 1993, 2011
Client Modern Press
Technical details
Floor count 2
Design and construction
Architect David Webster

The Modern Press Building (originally built in 1927 and thoroughly renovated in 1947, 1993, and 2012) is a historic building in the City Park District, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The original building was designed by David Webster.[1]

Façade detail

The building was originally build as a two story art deco building to house the Modern Press printing-press equipment and offices.[2] Modern Press was originally purchased by the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, with its most notable publication being the The Western Producer. The Western Producer continued to use the building until moving into new facilities in 1979.

The 1993 the building was renovated by Atomic Energy of Canada to house the offices for the CANDU 3 reactor design program; resulting in the architectural firm of Heney Klypak Architect Ltd. winning the 1994 Heritage Design Award.[3] AECL closed down the CANDU 3 program in 1996,[4] eventually resulting in SaskTel moved into the building.

In 2011, work started on the four story granite and high polish stainless steel, Nexus Building, a modern interpretation of art deco, beside the Modern Press Building, to house the offices of The Mid-West Group, owner of the Modern Press building since 1997. From 1998 and as of 2014, the Modern Press Building is home to the Sasktel Call Centre. The exterior finishes of the Modern Press Building were renovated in 2013 to match the Nexus Building's striking and elegant Dark Pearl granite and high polished stainless exterior, which depicts finishes more faithful to high quality art deco structures in New York and Chicago. All of the art deco details of the Modern Press Building were retained in a sensitive restoration that The Mid-West Group is well known for. The unified and dramatic structures of the Nexus Building and the Modern Press Building are prominent on the streetscape of Saskatoon's main downtown thoroughfare. [5] The Modern Press Building's exterior was repainted to match that of the new structure.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hill, Robert G. "Webster, David". Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Cutter and presses at Modern Press and Midwest Litho". Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Search of Saskatoon Public Library Photographic Database". Saskatoon Public Library. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Modern Press Building". Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  5. ^ "Building a Legacy". Star Phoenix. April 22, 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 

Coordinates: 52°8′4″N 106°39′37″W / 52.13444°N 106.66028°W / 52.13444; -106.66028