abeecadabee How Lydia's will always be remembered by the people of Saskatoon... Bahaha #yxe 1mon

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jarispaul #FarnamBlock? #Lydias?
Sorry - I don't know what you're talking about.
This is just a random brick that I carry around ... when I go walking around Broadway ... at night ... alone. #Shhhh
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yxefringe It's times like these that we might start thinking about what we can still save. 1mon

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calliecat213 They say you never know whatcha got until it's gone. #saskatoonsfinest #Broadway #Herecomesthecondos 1mon
  •   carly_rivard Is this where you will be living?! 1mon
  •   carly_rivard Ignore the above comment typical me commenting before I think it through. I that was your new house hahah 1mon
  •   carly_rivard I Thought* 1mon

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darryl_dozlaw hammer farewell #yxe 1mon

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mizzparkah So long Lyd's never shall I share a moment on (or stumble down) these stairs again... 1mon

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mizzparkah A sad day for heritage buildings in Saskatoon... When I travel, the most appealing places are those where interesting architecture has been restored, not where cheaply built "modern" options replace it. Short-sighted vision on behalf of the City. This loss particularly stings. So many good memories in this long-time hub of the fading broadway scene #lydias #farnamblock 1mon

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jarispaul Had to come pay my respects. #RIP #Lydias #FarnamBlock #YXE 1mon

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chrisrandall306 ------------------------------------------------ “A building like that is irreplaceable,” said Chris Randall, who started the online petition.

Since going live on Sunday, the petition has garnered nearly 200 signatures.

Randall believes most of the public outrage of the imminent destruction of the building should be directed at city council who has “sat idly by” while the plans to demolish the building moved ahead. ////// [petition link is in my profile]
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chrisrandall306 sad that in #yxe we are so hellbent on demolishing all our built heritage ///// #lydias #farnamblock #builtheritage #yxehistory #nutana #yxecc 2mon

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chrisrandall306 The Farnam Block, located on the SW corner of Broadway Avenue and 11th Street, is a key architectural feature of Broadway Avenue, an example of the building frenzy that took place in Saskatoon during its development boom of 1912 – 1913. Not only did Saskatoon’s downtown experience a building boom but also Nutana and in particular Broadway Third Avenue United Church - Saskatoon, SK.

Arlington Ingalls Farnam, a real –estate speculator, hoped to cash in on the boom and bought these two lots in 1911 for the sum of $8,000. City Hall Building Records tell us that he spent $20,000 on his brick building which was to house offices and stores. Rumour has it that he had wanted to build a hotel but was blocked by the Temperance Movement. He employed the newly formed Anglo- American architectural firm of Bugenhagen and Turnbull. [George Bugenhagen, an American, had arrived in Saskatoon between 1909 -1910. Frederick Turnbull, an Englishman from Tyneside, had arrived around 1911]. The firm also designed the Smith Block which currently is home to ‘Calories Restaurant’ and a clothes boutique.

The Farnam Block is unique in Saskatoon for its below street-level business premises which are entered from the exterior. Also of interest is the semi-circular pediment above the front entrance with the name of the building and its date of construction inscribed inside it.

Farnam lived in his building for two years but then seems to have disappeared from the scene.
Until the late 1960’s, the Farnam Block had always seen a mix of residential and commercial use and in the earlier years was a favourite of dressmakers and tailors. Various barbershops operated out of the basement from 1921 – 1975, including Nicholas Wawryks’ Nutana Barbershop form 1942-1975. There have been other memorable tenants. The Nutana Catholic Church held church services in the basement from 1916- 1919 before St. Joseph’s Church was built; well-known photographer, John Gibson, operated his photographic studio out of one of the basement premises from 1926- 1957.(written by Peggy Sargeant) #yxe #nutana #saskatoon #heritage #builtheritage #1912
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nicolebuhler Unfortunate that this building is shut down. 8mon

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troywruck Gone fishing in the slums of Saskatoon. 10mon

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hganes My sis rigged the Christmas exchange so she could give me this piece, a tribute to the late, great @lydiaspub by local artist Matt Gigs. mattgigsart.ca #best #xmas2013 #love #family #memories 1y
  •   jazzyhage Merry Christmas Hugo! Hope you're having a great day 1y
  •   angie_hills Sweet! 1y
  •   hganes @jazzyhage Thanks Princess Jasmine! Happy Holidays to you as well...it's been a pretty great one here. 1y

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