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Darke Hall design plans unveiled

News Release Release Date: October 4, 2019 3:10 p.m.

The University of Regina, in partnership with P3Architecture Partnership, today unveiled what Regina’s Darke Hall will look like when renovations are completed in early 2021. A series of architectural drawings depict a vibrant, welcoming and elegant new look for the building while still retaining elements of its heritage and history.

Historic Darke Hall was originally constructed in 1929 on the Regina Campus. It is currently closed as it undergoes renovations as part of the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project. Darke Hall is scheduled to reopen in early 2021 as a 500-seat, fully-accessible, cultural hub for theatre, dance and music in Regina.

“Along with so many other members of the community, I cannot wait for early 2021 when Darke Hall will once again take its rightful place as a temple for the arts in Regina, as it was when it first opened almost a hundred years ago,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Regina. “These drawings show how beautiful this glorious building will be when the renovation and restoration process is complete.”

“Developing the new look for Darke Hall has been a labour of love for myself and for everyone else who has been involved in the design process,” says James Youck, Architect and Principal at P3A (P3Architecture Partnership). “Our priority was always to ensure that the history and heritage of this building was preserved as we tried to create a warm and welcoming space for the entire community to experience performance art in all its forms.”

The renovation of Darke Hall would not have been possible without the support of Conexus Credit Union, as well as committed and caring donors like Ann Phillips. The Ann and Roger Phillips Foundation continues to match donations earmarked for Darke Hall to a maximum of $500,000. This is over and above their gift of $1 million announced in August. The fundraising target for the entire College Avenue Campus Renewal Project of $12.25 million is within reach now, with only $542,306 left to raise.

(Darke Hall design images available for download here.)

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The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,500 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

 

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