Albert Memorial Bridge 77 years old

11/02/07


Categories: Regina History

Albert Memorial Bridge 77 years old

What we now call the Albert Street Bridge was originally named
the Albert Memorial Bridge, in honour of those who died in
the Great War (1914-1918)


Opening ceremonies program

The opening ceremonies took place
November 10, 1930.
Part of the speech by
Saskatchewan Premier
J. T. M. Anderson mentioned that

the bridge was symbolical of the province's honest attempt to assist those warriors who had returned and the kin of those who had not... It was also the government's first war memorial, erected on the behalf of the people of Saskatchewan.

Leader-Post 11 November 1930

closeup of a pillar

closeup of a bison head, detail on the bridge

photos by smaier

The pastel-coloured terracotta balusters were inspired by the enormous interest shown in the discovery of King Tut's Tomb in 1923.

Two Egyptian symbols, the lotus flower and the papyrus plant appear on the balusters and lamp posts.

Leader-Post 24 September 1988

The pillars and ornamentation were designed by Joseph Lee-Grayson, a Saskatchewan government employee, and artist.

For more information about the bridge, click here.

The bridge was designated a Municipal Heritage Property in 1984.

source material:
PHR vertical file Regina - Bridges, Albert Street

Related posts:

Saskatchewan War Memorial Project

Program Finding Canadian Military Records, Central Library, November 14, 2007, 10:00 a.m. - noon


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