It’s been just over two years since Regina’s historic Connaught School was demolished. And while the heritage structure itself is gone, the building’s symbolic bricks continue to decorate the streets of the Cathedral neighbourhood in Regina — thanks to community members.
On Saturday afternoon, the Cathedral neighbourhood gathered to unveil their latest community project masterpiece titled ‘Rassembler’ — which translates from French as “gather together.”
The monument, a seating area and planter made up of left over bricks from Connaught School, is meant to pay tribute to the endangered, historic site that stood tall for 102 years.
Trish Elliott, ‘Rassembler’ project coordinator and long-time Cathedral resident, believes the re-purposing of these bricks acts as a reminder to appreciate our city’s heritage buildings.
“(Connaught School) was very much a part of our neighbourhood in Cathedral, so there’s a feeling that at least we can save a small piece of that,” explained Elliott.
This is the second project the Cathedral community has ‘rassemblés’ to create; the first was at Knox Metropolitan Church in Regina, when they used the bricks to decorate a peace garden.
The monument can be found at the east entrance of the Cathedral neighbourhood, on the corner of 13th Avenue and Albert Street.
While the project has had some support from community members, there are still some bills left to pay — donate here.