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Those who enjoy taking old things and making them new again have a chance to get their hands on pieces of Regina’s history.
Heritage Regina is conducting an online auction of old building materials from the University of Regina’s College Avenue Campus, in the hopes that people who appreciate the materials’ rich history will be able to give them new life.
“We’re trying to repurpose all these things,” said Jackie Schmidt, president of Heritage Regina. “There’s people that are interested in this history and could incorporate it back into their projects.”
“They just need some tender loving care and someone who will appreciate them for the architectural value that they have.”
In the large open room where the materials are being stored sit pile upon pile of old wooden flooring, baseboards and window casings. Old doors of all kinds stand stacked against the walls, along with old windows and window frames. Packages of decades-old window panes sit in groups in the corner. Everything is divided into lots and labelled.
“Every lot has a historical story behind it,” said Schmidt. “These are architecturally significant. They belonged to the (College Avenue Campus) and we want to make sure that they are not put into the landfill.”
A set of iron windows is just one example. When the campus building was being redone, these windows were found under a staircase, said Schmidt. She guessed they were ordered and then didn’t fit properly.
“They just got stuck underneath the staircase, and they were never used,” she said. “They’re iron windows that are extremely heavy, so they’re … very old, new windows.”
There are also a few cremone bolts for bathroom doors, which Schmidt said are generating some interest. These bolts have a knob to turn on one side of the door to show on the opposite side if the room is occupied or not.