Moose Jaw claims two of five provincial awards
Government House in Regina was the perfect setting for the 17th annual Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Heritage Excellence Awards. There is a regal quality about the place, and like so many of Saskatchewan’s older buildings, it was scheduled for a rendezvous with the wrecker’s ball. However in 1980 it was decided the building would be restored with its original name, its historical fittings and its former contents. It looked destruction in the eye and came away improved. Today, it houses the offices of the Lieutenant Governor, and is a museum and a hospitality facility for government and non-profit organizations. There was an aspect of pomp and circumstance at the awards ceremony. Those present stood as the ViceRegal Party entered the room with Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield. Alan Gill, president of the Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan said there are 800 heritage sites in the province. This was followed by a statement from Schofield, congratulating those to be acknowledged for their achievements. Then it was time for the presentations. There are eight designated areas for heritage achievements. This year there were five awards in five categories, and Moose Jaw took home two. The first Moose Jaw group was introduced with an interesting byline: “The presentation of this award is an indication of how much our society has changed.” Bloodline Tattoo Company at 22 Main St. N. in Moose Jaw received the Heritage Excellence Award in the category of sympathetic new construction. The owner is Chet Spriggs, the designer was Tilbury Architectural Services and the prime contractor was Cardinal Construction. Spriggs commented on the introductory comments. “Sailors travelling overseas were the first to have tattoos, and for a long time, it was a practice favoured by specific groups. Nowadays, it cuts across the core of society and people have the freedom to express themselves with body modifications.” The Bloodline endeavor included rebuilding on a site that had been devastated by fire. “I developed a vision that expressed the image I wanted and I prepared sketches and drawings to communicate that vision. I worked with Tilbury, a local Main Street design firm, to develop the image in a
manner compatible with the surroundings.” Spriggs was delighted with the award. “It was great to be recognized by the city of Moose Jaw, and now our efforts have been acknowledged by the province.” Another top award went to Folgizan Insurance Inc. at 29 High St. W.. It won in the category of rehabilitation. The company is housed in a building that was constructed in 1914. In its renovations, Folgizan maintained the essential balance between the past and the present. The approach is described in the heritage awards booklet: “The owners made many changes, gutting the interior back to the studs, moving the front entrance to the side, relocating the stairway to the back of the building and adding an elevator. Three skylights were removed and the deteriorated facade replaced, as was the entire electrical and plumbing system.” The owners are Doug and Teresa-Marie Mintenko, the designers were Ingold Interior Design, the prime contractor was Bob Schultz of Sunwood Builders, and notable craft work was done by Cushing Millwork.
Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield presents rehabilitation award to Teresa-Marie and Doug Mintenko and Helen and Richard Ingold.