Established in 1883. Nutana was the original settlement of what now makes up the city of Saskatoon.
Nutana is primarily a residential neighbourhood located in central Saskatoon. It’s longest border runs along the east bank of the South Saskatchewan River directly across from River Landing and downtown Saskatoon.
The area offers more than forty acres of public park space. Recreational amenities included basketball, tennis, cross country ski trails, walking paths, picnic and barbecue facilities, numerous playgrounds and a civic paddling pool.
The first permanent settlement was established by the Temperance Colonization Society, a group of Toronto Methodists, under John Neilson Lake. The group moved into the area in 1883, a year after Lake and a scouting party had looked for a suitable colony site. The site chosen by Lake was on the suggestion of Chief Whitecap of the Dakota tribe. The settlement, named Saskatoon, was officially settled on August 18, 1883.
It is home to many historical sites, including Trounce House which is Saskatoon’s oldest residence.
It is also home to the Marr Residence, the oldest house in Saskatoon that still remains in its original location.
Saskatoon’s first school was built in the area in 1888 and relocated to the University of Saskatchewan campus in 1911. You may know it today as “The Little Stone Schoolhouse.”
Historical Buildings in Nutana
- Trounce House (1883) – The oldest structure in Saskatoon and the last of the original houses from the temperance colony founded by John Lake. It was purchased by Henry and Bessie Trounce in 1883 from John J. Conn. In 1920 the house was moved to the back of the lot and converted into a garage while at the front, the Gustin Residence was built. Designated a municipal heritage property on April 10, 1989.
- Marr Residence (1884) – Built by Sandy Marr, it is the oldest building in Saskatoon on its original site. It was one of several houses requisitioned as a field hospital to treat wounded soldiers during the North-West Rebellion. Designated a municipal heritage property on January 11, 1982.
- Garrison House (1886) – Built entirely of fieldstone by George Wesley Garrison. Between 1891 and 1894, Garrison leased rooms to the North-West Mounted Police – presumably in this building – thus giving rise to its nickname “the jail” and to stories of cells in the basement. It was dismantled to its stone foundation in 1918 and rebuilt in concrete and brick. It is now the home of the Bulk Cheese Warehouse.
- Victoria School (three buildings; 1887, 1905, 1909) -Schools mirror the history of a community. As the Temperance Colony grew, classes moved from rented rooms on Broadway to the stone schoolhouse in 1887, to a second school in 1905, and to a third final building in 1909. Additional wings were added between 1929 and 1930. Always a community centre, the school hosted dances and secular church functions. Its skating rink was a major attraction from the 1920’s up until the ‘60’s. The introduction of French Immersion classes in 1978 and the completion of major interior renovations in 1979 have given the school renewed vitality. Sculptor Bill Epp’s statue of a schoolgirl commemorates the centenary in 1988 of this, Saskatoon’s oldest educational institution. The “Little Stone School”, transferred to the university campus in 1911, provides Saskatoon’s first example of historic preservation.
- Bell House (1910) – A luxury riverbank house designed by noted Regina architects Edgar Storey and William Van Egmond. While the building was divided into suites in 1942, it has now been returned to single family use.
- Nutana Collegiate (1910) – Originally named the Saskatoon Collegiate Institute when it opened in 1910, Nutana collegiate was the first secondary school in the city. At first, Nutana Collegiate housed university and normal school (teacher training) as well. Storey and Van Egmond designed the building in a French Renaissance style.
- Fire Hall #3 (1911) – A two-storey structure of yellow brick banded by a heavy bracketed wooden cornice, it served as a fire hall until 1956. From 1959, at the height of the Cold War, it was used by the Department of Civil Defence as a radiation proof communications centre. It is now a bar and restaurant featuring mementos from the now-demolished Capitol Theatre. Designated a municipal heritage property on February 25, 1991.
- Thirteenth Street Terrace (1911) – Classical in design and novel in its day, this two-storey row housing was an alternative to owning a single family home in boom-time Saskatoon. It was built in 1911-1912 by Henry A. Cook, liveryman, farmer, real estate salesman and owner of the Waldorf Café. Designated a municipal heritage property on December 12, 2000.
- Arrand Block (1912) – Neo-Classical style apartment block built cousins Richard and Walter Arrand, noted Saskatoon contractors. Designated a municipal heritage property on April 10, 1989. Richard Arrand is credited with inventing the first power cement mixer, but failed to patent his design.
- Calder House (1912) – A luxurious three-storey riverbank house built for Truman Frederick Calder, apparently to replicate a similar house in Toronto that his wife Adella liked. Unfortunately Mr. Calder was struck by lightning in 1914 and killed. The house changed ownership several times and was converted into apartments in 1942. It is now a bed & breakfast.
- Farnam Block (1912) – Built by real estate speculator Arlington Ingalls Farnam, this building is one of Broadway Avenue’s key architectural features. It is unique in having its commercial boutique area below street level.
- Sommerville/Petitt House (1912) – It was designed by Frank P. Martin in 1912 and commissioned by Herman Pettit, about whom extremely little is known. A dentist, Dr. George Sommerville, bought the house in 1918. Designated a municipal heritage property on May 16, 1988.
- Gustin Residence (1920) – The home and studio of internationally renowned piano teacher Lyell Gustin. Designated a municipal heritage property on April 10, 1989.
- F.P. Martin House (1926) – Two-storey Cottage Vernacular house was built by architect, Frank P. Martin, to be his private residence, with a semi-detached unit available for rental purposes. Noted for its high-pitched roof with double shed dormers, interlocking tile and stucco cladding, and Gothic doorways. Designated a municipal heritage property on March 3, 1997.
- Grace-Westminster United Church – David Webster designed this church for the congregation of Grace United, which originated from the original Methodist church of the temperance colony. The tower was added in 1949, and the present name adopted as the result of a 1968 merger with the congregation of Westminster United.
- St. Joseph’s Catholic Church – Looking south, the two towers of St. Joseph’s Church remind us of the Catholic presence in what was originally a Protestant colony. The church, designed to a Romanesque style by Mr.G. Verbeke, was built in 1928. The taller of the towers was intended for bells which were never installed.
- St. Joseph’s School (1928) – Designed by David Webster, this was built at the same time as the church of the same name. The high school was established in 1980 in an agreement between the provincial government, the school division and the Kitotiminawak (parent advisory) Council. The name was changed in 1989 to Joe Duquette High School, and again in 2007 to Oskayak High School.
- Main Street Electrical Substation (1929) – Built to satisfy increased demand for electricity, it was constructed of Redcliffe brick and Claybank dark brick in a mix of Modern Classical and Prairie styles. After being decommissioned in 1973, the building fell into disrepair until being rehabilitated and turned into an office building. Designated a municipal heritage property on December 4, 2000.
- Davis Dairy (1930) – Remembered by many as the Purity Dairy, this building was built by architects Webster and Gilbert in 1930 for the Davis Dairy Company, then situated on Main Street. It served as a dairy until the 1970’s but went through several owners – Purity Dairy, Silverwood Dairy, and finally the Dairy Pool. The plant design included a mezzanine floor from which milk flowed by gravity into refrigerated storage. In 1994 the later exterior stucco was replaced by a fine brick facade in the style of the original and the interior was completely renovated.
- Broadway Theatre (1947) – This Art Deco style movie theatre was Broadway’s entertainment destination during the post-World War II years. After falling into disrepute as an “adult” movie theatre, it was restored as an arthouse cinema and live performance venue during the 1980s. Designated a municipal heritage property on April 14, 1997.
- Population | 6,409
- Homeownership % | 51.5
- Average Value of Dwelling | $422,972
- Average Household Income | $73,250
- Average Household Size | 1.9
- Municipal Ward | 6
What to Do
- Broadway Theatre | The theatre has a full slate of off beat and independent movies, shows, and public events that make it worth checking out a couple of times a month at least.
- Bikes on Broadway | If Saskatoon had a Tour de Saskatoon, this would be it. A weekend of road racing that attracts cyclists and spandex fans from all over western Canada.
- Broadway Art Fest | Weekend long festival showcasing artists from across Saskatchewan
- Broadway Spirit Of Christmas | The Broadway Business Improvement District presents Spirit of Christmas on Broadway each December. This afternoon focuses on bringing the spirit of the holidays to Broadway Avenue and create an enjoyable holiday shopping experience… with discounts!
- Broadway Walking Tour | In conjunction with the Saskatoon Heritage Society, the Broadway Business Improvement District invites you to join us on a walking tour of the historic Broadway district throughout the summer months. Dating back to 1883, Nutana is Saskatoon’s original settlement site and has long been a hub of commercial activity in this city. With painstaking care and attention to detail, merchants and property owners have tended to the preservation and restoration of numerous heritage and architectural sites over the years, each of which tells a colorful story of how Saskatoon has changed over the years. Enjoy the major architectural and urban designs, the prominent and familiar period streetscapes, the buildings, and historical elements, which collectively define the character of Broadway.
- Take in a band at Bud’s on Broadway. Many of Canada’s greatest bands get booked into Bud’s on Broadway. Make sure you check out their open mic nights. You would be amazed at who will take the stage.
- The PotashCorp Fringe Festival | Ignore for a second that Saskatchewan’s largest multinational is sponsoring an independent theatre festival (way to sell out to the Man!) and focus on the fact that it is one of Saskatoon’s best summer festivals. It takes over Broadway Avenue with street performers, buskers, and even a guy playing a pan flute (and I am the guy buying his CDs). It is a “must do” on
- Play tennis at the Nutana tennis courts | By far and away the best outdoor tennis courts in the city of Saskatoon. Nestled in the shadows of what used to be the Traffic Bridge.
Where to Eat
- Yard & Flagon (check out the Bison burger) | One of the best roof top decks in the city. Get there early on a Friday if you want a seat as it has a well deserved reputation as one of the best pubs in Canada.
- Amigos Always a great venue to take in a band, if you just want to stop in and grab a great meal, secret is to confidently walk through the band door between sets and mutter, “I’m with the band”.
- Bulk Cheese Warehouse | They have cheese and meats that I had no idea I wanted until I walked through the door. One of Saskatoon’s best kept secrets. No matter what you want when you head over there, you will always walk out with at least one other amazing thing to eat.
- The Broadway Roastery | Despite the ridiculous branding of the Broadway Roastery on 8th Street, the one you really want to have coffee at is on located at Five Corners on Broadway. Fresh roasted coffee, sidewalk patio and unlike most of Broadway, there is a chance of parking.
- The Bike Doctor | Voted best bike shop in Saskatoon by Planet S readers for ten years in a row!
- The Better Good | It’s what economists call the multiplier effect: when you spend your dollar at a local store, and the store owner spends your dollar locally, you’ve made $2 of economic activity for the $1 you spent which is why so many love shopping at The Better Good.
Where to Stay
- The only option in Nutana is Calder House Inn which is a historic bed and breakfast on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. Right across Broadway Bridge is the Radisson Hotel.
- A summer night on Broadway Avenue. There is a reason why it was named one of the best streets in Canada.
- Umm, it would have to be the condemned Traffic Bridge. An important part of Nutana and Saskatoon’s history. It’s embarrassing that it was allowed to deteriorate to the point where it is now.
- Charlie Clark | Ward 6
- Cathy Sproule (NDP) | Saskatoon Nutana
- Brad Trost (Conservative) | Saskatoon – Humboldt
- Broadway Business Improvement District
- Nutana Community Association