The Old No. 1 Fire Hall in Regina is unique in its design. It was built in 1920 to 1921 and incorporates features of buildings in Europe, where Francis Portnal, one of the designers, spent time after World War I. One of the notable features is a weathervane in the shape of a fireman putting out a fire. A new Fire Hall No. 1 was built in 1984, and after close to 1 million dollars was spent on renovations, the Old No. 1 Fire Hall became home to several businesses and offices. It is set to be designated as a protected heritage building.
(Sorry, I couldn’t get a good shot of the weathervane.)
Many examples of wall art can be found when driving around Regina, where I live.
The entire brick surface of the Ukrainian Co-op is covered with beautiful floral images.
Several examples of indigenous art can be found as well.
I’m sure some of these walls tell a story, but I’m not sure how to interpret all of them.
Below, are images from the Legion building, recognizing the contribution by our Indigenous population in the military.
And another example…
This wall was painted by another Indigenous artist.
I’m amazed at the diversity of street art, and the expression of ethnic pride they communicate.
Part eleven in a series based on a recent trip to British Columbia with my husband.
the Gastown steam clock is one of the only working steam-powered clocks in the world. It whistles and steams on the hour and chimes on the quarter hours with the same notes as Big Ben.
This is Gassy Jack, and the Gastown neighbourhood of Vancouver is named after him. His real name was John Deighton, and he was the owner of a saloon in this area in the 1800s. Apparently, he got his nickname because he was a great storyteller.
Gastown is known for its boutiques, restaurants, and galleries.
Gastown is also a place with history. This plaque commemorates the founding of Vancouver.
The plaque says, “Here stood the old maple tree under whose branches the pioneers met in 1885 and chose the name “Vancouver” for this city”
There were lots of fun things to see. I only had time to take a few shots before it was time to move on to our next destination.