NORTHERN CROWN BANK BUILDING




NORTHERN CROWN BANK BUILDING

The Northern Crown Bank Building is one of 54 Provincial Heritage Properties across Saskatchewan. This cornerstone five-story building was constructed in 1906 and is comprised of two commercial lots in downtown Regina. The heritage value of this building resides in its status as the oldest commercial building in Regina's central business district. The bank helped to establish Scarth Street as the main financial block in the Queen City. It was one of the largest buildings in Regina at the time of construction. It's' heritage value also lies in its architecture as a representative example of early twentieth-century Canadian banking architecture. Designed by Winnipeg architects Blair and Northwood in the Classical Revival style, the building projects an image of conservatism, stability and wealth desired by banking institutions during the period. Reflecting the western Canadian roots of the Winnipeg-based bank, the stone pediment features a unique and elaborate carving of a prairie farm family. The ornate tile and wood flooring, decorative staircase and Saskatchewan's first passenger elevator (since removed) perpetuated the functional opulence on the interior.