Saving Darke Hall

Benefactor F. N. Darke had a vision “to build a temple to the arts, and a centre for cultural activity.” This once-bustling event space is currently closed. Significant investments are needed on the interior of Darke Hall to make it a useable, accessible facility that meets code.

The Need

Opened in 1929, Darke Hall has long-served as the premier concert hall in Regina. Benefactor F. N. Darke’s vision “to build a temple to the arts, and a centre for cultural activity” came to life as groups flocked to the space, prized for its acoustically-sound and visually stunning interior.

The once-bustling event space used by such groups as the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Conservatory of Performing Arts, Do It With Class Theatre Group, and others is currently closed.  

Deteriorating facility conditions necessitated the demolition of the Conservatory and Gallery Buildings at College Avenue Campus. While repairs to the exterior have rescued Darke Hall from a similar fate, it continues to need significant investments on the inside to make it a useable, accessible facility that meets code.  

Saving it for future generations still requires extensive upgrades worth millions. This is a significant challenge given the fiscal challenges facing Saskatchewan.

The Funding

Thanks to the generous support of our donors the University was able to replace the failing roof and other exterior upgrades just to keep the facility alive.

To date, there is no public funding for saving Darke Hall. The only major organization stepping up to save the facility has been the Conexus Credit Union. By responding to the University’s request in January 2016 for development partners able to help us save College Avenue Campus, including Darke Hall, Conexus is demonstrating its commitment to supporting arts and culture in our community. But we need more help to save this historic gem.

How You Can Help

Please consider donating to the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project.

donate buttonFor more information about how you can donate, please contact:

Nora Yeates, Director of Development