CPR Station (Saskatoon)

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For the current Via Rail station in Saskatoon, see Saskatoon railway station.
Saskatoon Railway Station (Canadian Pacific)
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Saskatoon Railway Station (CPR) facing roadway
General information
Architectural style Chateau
Town or city Saskatoon
Country Canada
Coordinates 52°07′56″N 106°40′16″W / 52.132222°N 106.671111°W / 52.132222; -106.671111Coordinates: 52°07′56″N 106°40′16″W / 52.132222°N 106.671111°W / 52.132222; -106.671111
Construction started 1907
Completed 1908
Demolished preserved site
Client Canadian Pacific Railway
Design and construction
Architect J. Carmichael
Official name: Saskatoon Railway Station (Canadian Pacific) National Historic Site of Canada
Designated: 1976

The Saskatoon Railway Station (Canadian Pacific) is a railway station in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada which was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1976.[1] It has also been protected as a Heritage Railway Station of Canada since 1990.[2]

Saskatoon earned the nickname Hub City from the contributions of the CPR, CNR and GTP.[3] The station was situated on the Regina, Saskatchewan to Edmonton, Alberta rail line.

Geography and location[edit]

Saskatoon's CP station is located at 305 Idylwyld Drive, in the Caswell Hill Neighborhood, Core Neighbourhoods Suburban Development Area.

History[edit]

Opened in 1908, the station served as a passenger depot, telegraph station, mail and freight depot. The CPR discontinued passenger service in 1960, maintaining it as an office site until 1993 when it was sold to Ken Achs who restored the building.[4]

The CP station has not been used as a rail station for many years, and currently houses several businesses. Received the 1995 SAHS (Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Society) Heritage Architecture Excellence Awards which was bestowed by Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant-Governor.[5]

The city of Saskatoon is served by Via Rail's The Canadian service; however, that line uses the New Saskatoon Railway Station located southeast of the downtown core.

Saskatoon Railway Station (CPR) facing rail line
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Saskatoon Railway Station
Station statistics
Address 24th Street and Avenue A (now Idylwyld Drive)
Line(s) CPR
Other information
Opened 1908
Closed 1960 remained as offices
Rebuilt 1993 sold to private developer
Owned by Ken Achs

Nearby[edit]

Two other municipal heritage buildings are close to the Saskatoon Railway Station (Canadian Pacific), the Rumley Warehouse, built in 1913 and the Fairbanks Morse Warehouse. Both are located in the Central Business District which sprang up to support both the CNR rail station and railyards and the CPR. The Midtown Plaza shopping mall was built on the site of the former downtown CNR rail station in the late 1960s; in the 1990s the mall underwent a major renovation that included changing the front facade to resemble the style of the old rail station.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Saskatoon Railway Station (Canadian Pacific). Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  2. ^ Canadian Pacific Railway Station. Directory of Federal Heritage Designations. Parks Canada. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  3. ^ History of Saskatoon#Hub city and agricultural boom
  4. ^ "Canadian Pacific Railway Station - Saskatoon". Saskatoon Heritage Society. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  5. ^ Lt.-Gov.of Saskatchewan Heritage Architecture Excellence Awards URL accessed April 19, 2007