13th Ave.

Above: Opening of the 13th Ave streetcar line, 1911. City of Regina photo.

Some yearly snapshots of Regina’s historic 13th Ave., home to Connaught School.

1906

Sacred Heart Academy, a girl’s boarding school, opens (today’s Cathedral C0urts).

1911

Street car line installed

1912

Construction of Connaught School and Westminster Presbyterian (United) Church.

Address Then (1912) Now (2012)
2724 13th Ave Robinson Herbert Grocer The Paper Umbrella
2914 13th Ave Regina Dairy Fresh (the dairy was listed at 2924 the following year – today Cobb Swanson Music)

1913

Blessing of Holy Rosay, 1913. Public Domain photo.

Holy Rosary Cathedral constructed.

  • 2720 13th Ave. – Western Grocery
  • 2726 13th Ave. – Western Meat Market
  • 2833 13th Ave. – Higgins and Parker Grocery
  • 2924 13th Ave. – Regina Dairy

1930

Connaught Library constructed at a cost of $22,000.

1950

In 1950 there were two tea rooms where the Safeway Parking lot now is: the Quality Tea Room and the Capital Tea Room. The Quality later moved to Robinson Street.

Groceries

There was no shortage of groceries throughout the history of 13th Ave. At one point there were not one, but two, Safeway stores. The current Safeway, built in 1962, is one of the last examples of marina-style architecture in North America. In 2012 it is undergoing an extensive renovation that will not preserve this style.

Good eats at 3414 13th Ave.

1960s 1970s 1980s Now (2012)
The Chicken Inn The A&K Grill The Kowloon The Creek in Cathedral

1970

  • 2708 13th Ave. – Thelma Lee Fashions
  • 2713 13th Ave. – Grassroots Handicrafts
  • 3000 13th Ave. – CFMQ Radio
  • 3026 13th Ave. Sig’s Guitar Studio

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CLICK HERE TO HEAR JINGLES FOR CFMQ 92.1 Radio on 13th Ave (“Q-92 FM”)

The view through time. Looking north across from the school corner, you would see…

In 1950

  • Acme Shoe Repair
  • Fulton’s Drugs
  • White Castle Grill
  • Shop Rite Grocery
  • Blue Line Tailors

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In 1959

  • White Castle Grill
  • Chicken Inn
  • Shop Easy
  • Fulton’s Drugs

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In 1970

  • Fulton’s Drugs
  • Western Winemaking
  • The A & K Grill
  • Rae’s Grocery

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In 2012

  • The Neighbourhood Convenience Store
  • Felinger’s Meats
  • Krall Construction
  • Flux Gym

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Read: A walking tour of the Cathedral Area

Read: “Learned to Make Sausage” – Memories of 13th Ave.

Your comments, corrections and memories are welcome!

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