Historic Tour & Dedication

Historic Tour & Dedication

Historic Civil Engineering Site

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powerhouse ownership
Saskatchewan Science Centre (Powerhouse)
Friday, May 29 Commemoration Ceremony
Bus leaves from the Delta Hotel at 2:30pm - Returning at 4:00pm

The Powerhouse, a former coal-fired electrical generating station in Regina, originally opened in 1914 as the Powerhouse for the City of Regina. The building has been expanded and adapted over the years to serve as a research facility and science centre and is now owned by SaskPower.

The architecturally pleasing massive red brick structure was completed in 1914. Known as the Powerhouse, it was the main electrical power supply for the city of Regina and the first coal fired plant in the area. It is one of the oldest original buildings representing the adoption of coal fired electrical power generation in Canada.

An ornament on Wascana Lake

The building’s lakeside location was chosen because of the abundant supply of water needed to cool the boilers and to produce steam to drive the turbines. The city administration also wanted a building which “should be an ornament to the shores of Wascana Lake, which will one day be the beauty spot of the city.”

Transformation to a research facility and science centre

On May 1, 1965, the city sold the Powerhouse to the Saskatchewan Power Corporation (now SaskPower), which gradually phased the plant out of operation in October 1978. The Technical Services and Research division of SaskPower still uses the building for its high voltage research facility. With room to spare, SaskPower sought out a use for the remaining space and in July 1989 the Saskatchewan Science Centre officially opened to the public. In April 1991, a second attraction opened, the Kramer IMAX Theatre.


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