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Arrand Block 

Located at 520-524 11th Street East, the Arrand Block was officially designated heritage property on April 10, 1989.

If you are walking along Broadway Avenue and cross Tenth Street, your eye is caught by a line of six gleaming pillars. The front face of the Arrand Block, has a grand Neo-Classical style showing the great optimism of the Boom period when it was built. Three-storey pillars, serving as supports for balconies, are topped by an ornate heading that gives the building pleasing symmetry.

Who built this apartment block? Cousins, James and Walter Arrand, top Saskatoon contractors, who also worked on the Broadway Bridge, the University Memorial Gates, and the now-demolished Capitol Theatre. Intending to live there themselves, special efforts were made to make the apartments of high quality, some of them having two-stories. Features included hardwood floors, ceramic fireplaces, beveled glass doors, skylights and back verandahs. Smaller upper apartments provided less expensive dwelling space.

In 1926 the Arrand Block was changed when the verandas were enclosed to make sun rooms. In the 1950s the upper suites were divided and the basement was turned into suites, making the Arrand Block a nine-unit building. The Arrand Block is a rare structure, a “Boomtime” apartment building from an era when mainly homes and commercial buildings began to dominate Saskatoon’s streetscape.

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