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FAIRBANKS LOFTS

“In the first decade of the twentieth century, Saskatchewan was in the midst of an unprecedented boom in population and prosperity.  This rapid growth was fueled by the agricultural sector, in particular the grain industry, as the province became the “breadbasket of the world”.  Fairbanks-Morse was the global leader in farm machinery and Saskatoon became one of its flagship distribution centres, worthy of a substantially -built, architecturally notable warehouse building.”
    •    Rod Stutt, Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Society

The conversion of the Fairbanks-Morse building into residential units was the first warehouse conversion of its kind in Saskatoon.  A total of twelve loft units were inserted on the upper three floors, over an existing retail outlet and a new lobby for the residential units on the main floor.  The basement was renovated to provide an amenity space, visitor unit, storage area, and mechanical room.  A rooftop terrace was provided for the use of residents.  Parking was provided on site in new garages and in a small surface parking lot accessed from the lane.  SEPW worked carefully with the heritage coordinator at the City of Saskatoon to ensure that the character defining elements of the building were not lost during the renovation.
 

Fairbanks Lofts
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Client: Fairbanks-Morse

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