Brick and stone rescue!

Hand-carved 102-year-old Bedford Limestone.

Hand-carved 102-year-old Bedford Limestone from Connaught School.

Help preserve historic Connaught School’s legacy. Lend a hand to reclaim original brick and hand-carved limestone pieces from the city landfill. City workers have generously offered their time to facilitate access to the brick piles. If you join in, please read the instructions that follow carefully.

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Design feedback requested

Two options are being given for the proposed Connaught replacement design. Both involve a parking lot fronting 13th Avenue, and quite a bit more building sprawl with less green space, as expected. The square footage will be approx. the same as the old building, but a lower and wider footprint. There is no 3rd storey, and the design group is apparently adamant that there will be no basement (not much help in a tornado or plough wind!).
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Community working to rescue bricks

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Members of Save Our Connaught, the Cathedral Village Business Association and the Cathedral Area Community Association, with the help of City Councillor Shawn Fraser and Cliff Kobelsky of Frontier Masonry, are working with the City of Regina to reclaim some of bricks and stones from the landfill for use in community projects. If you’d like to volunteer to help out, or have ideas, please contact Trish Elliott.

Update

As of yesterday, some bricks from Connaught school may be retained for use in community projects. Amounts and details are now being worked out.

Efforts to save building materials stymied

Before and After

Before and after shots as of Sunday. Some smaller trees were removed to other schools, but the big elms were chopped up to be discarded.

Demolition of Connaught has begun. The Cathedral Area Community Association and the Cathedral Village Business Association have written letters to the school board about retaining bricks for neighbourhood projects, but so far there has been no progress in obtaining the bricks. There will be a design open house Wed. Oct. 1 at the former Wascana School to discuss the promised replacement.

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