Moose Jaw claims two of five provin­cial awards

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Front Page - By Dou­glas Hallman for Moose Jaw Ex­press

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.

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