City of Regina
Saskatchewan CA

FA Public Report

Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program (19-HBRP-01)
St. Matthew Anglican Church - 2165 Winnipeg Street


Department:Parks, Recreation & Cultural ServicesSponsors:
Category:Not Applicable

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The owner of the Municipal Heritage Property known as St. Matthew Anglican Church at

2165 Winnipeg Street has requested a cash grant to assist in recovering costs associated with conserving the structural integrity of the building and the bell tower.


The proposed work will ensure the continued existence of a designated Municipal Heritage Property that is of historic, architectural and spiritual value and a prominent landmark in the Heritage Neighbourhood. The cash grant provided under the Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program will make it feasible for the property owner to conserve this significant heritage building. Under most circumstances, a property tax exemption is provided under the program. However, in cases where the property is exempt from paying property taxes (i.e. churches), the program allows a cash grant as an incentive for conservation.


The Administration has determined that the work proposed is eligible for assistance under the Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program. A cash grant agreement between the City and the property owner will secure the City's interests in ensuring the building is properly conserved and maintained. The work will involve the conservation of the masonry arches, a key component of the structure of the building, and the bell tower.




The Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program was approved by City Council on August 25, 2014 (CR14-100). The types of work that may be eligible for assistance are:

*        Professional architectural or engineering services.

*        Façade improvements, including conservation of original building elements, cleaning of surfaces and removal of materials that do not contribute to the heritage value.

*        Structural stabilization.

*        Improvements required to meet the National Building Code of Canada or City of Regina bylaw requirements, including the repair or upgrading of mechanical and electrical systems.

*        Improvements to energy efficiency (i.e. windows, insulation).

*        Conservation of significant or rare character-defining interiors or interior elements.


Financial assistance can be provided equivalent to the lesser of:

*        Fifty per cent of eligible work costs, that is, expenses incurred to restore or conserve architecturally significant elements of the building or structure, to extend its effective life, and/or to ensure its structural integrity.

*        Subject to the availability of funds, a cash grant of up to $50,000 may be provided for tax exempt properties but is limited to a maximum of 50 per cent of eligible conservation work costs.


Cosmetic improvements, regular maintenance and new additions are not eligible for assistance. 


In general, cash grants can be provided in the same fiscal year as City Council's approval of assistance and completion of all approved work items, in accordance with any performance guidelines and/or time schedules that may be negotiated between the City and the property owner.



City Council approved Bylaw No. 2005-49 (Appendix B), which designated the property as Municipal Heritage Property on June 20, 2005. St. Matthew Anglican Church was designed by the architectural firm of Clemesha and Portnall and constructed between 1915 and 1926. The building is in an unadorned version of the Gothic Revival style. The red brick façade with stone accents complement the impressive stained-glass windows. The church is a local landmark and significant contributor to the historical continuity and character of the Heritage Neighbourhood.


Conservation Work


The owners have planned for extensive conservation work on the building to stabilize the foundation and load-bearing walls over a period of years, as needed and as finances are available, as detailed in the Conservation Plan attached as Appendix C. Previous work concentrated on improving drainage around the building, repairing eaves troughs and drainpipes, adding downspouts to weeping tiles and stabilizing the north and south walls of the church with anchoring rods. The cost of this work was partially subsidized by a grant from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.


In spring 2017, an engineering consulting firm noted significant movement of the arches that form part of the load bearing walls and that also support some of the stained-glass windows. On September 25, 2017 City Council approved the request for a cash grant of up to $30,000 under the Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program for work to stabilize two of these arches on the south side of the building. 


On July 15, 2019 a visual inspection of the masonry arches was conducted to determine if recent foundation movement has caused the integrity of the arches to be compromised. During the inspection, cracks were observed above three arches, and at one location the cracks had progressed into the main arch structure. During the inspection, vertical cracks were observed in the masonry walls adjacent to the archways. Based on these observations, it is recommended that the third archway on the north side of the building interior be reconstructed, similar to the arches that were reconstructed in 2017. As part of this work, the cracks will need to be repointed, and mortar joints that had been repaired in the past with a mortar that was not compatible with the historic appearance of the building will also be removed and replaced.


The proposed conservation work on the third archway on the north side includes:


*        Shoring of the existing wall to allow for removal of the masonry arch supports.

*        Partial removal of existing masonry arches as detailed on the drawings and in the Conservation Plan.

*        Hoarding and shoring to ensure the existing structure is stable during construction.

*        Reclaiming the displaced masonry unit by way of gently removing the masonry units from the wall, and cleaning the masonry units of all existing mortar.

*        Storage of reclaimed masonry unit in a dry and secure location.

*        Salvaging and reusing the existing brick where possible and using new matched brick where reuse is not possible, with new brick to be located at the top of the wall.

*        Replacement and supply of mortar that matches the existing mortar in texture, colour, strength and aggregate gradation.

*        Reconstruction of the arch to match the original profile to the fullest extent possible given the existing building conditions.


And, repointing an exterior vertical crack in the masonry wall.


On July 25, 2019 an inspection was conducted of the structure that supports the bell in the tower on the south west of the building. The bell is supported by four steel legs connected to a wood frame. However, the wood frame is weathered and one of the members is loose. The proposed conservation work on the bell tower includes:


*        Replacing the pulleys so that the bell can be back in operation.

*        Securing the wood frame with metal brackets and treating the wood frame to prevent further deterioration.


Eligible Costs


An estimate of $45,000 was received from a company with experience in historic masonry work, which includes engineering services and material testing costs. Based on the criteria in the Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program, the Administration has determined that the owners of St. Matthew Anglican Church are eligible to receive a cash grant that is less than 50 per cent of the estimated total project cost. The exact amount of the grant to be disbursed will be based on the actual cost of the conservation work as identified in submitted invoices.




Financial Implications


Section 28(a) of The Heritage Property Act enables City Council to provide grants to any person, organization, agency, association or institution with respect to a heritage property. The Heritage Incentive Policy approved by City Council on August 25, 2014, established a cash grant to a maximum of $50,000. This policy replaced the Municipal Incentive Policy for the Preservation of Heritage Properties, which was initially adopted in 1991 and amended in 2001.


The financial assistance criteria in the Heritage Incentive Policy requires that the value of the cash grant be less than 50 per cent of the total project cost. The estimated total project cost of the eligible work is $45,000 (exclusive of taxes). Therefore, the project would quality for a cash grant of approximately $22,500. If actual costs exceed the corresponding estimates by more than 10 per cent, the owner shall provide full particulars as to the reason(s) for such overruns. The Administration recommends that the grant be approved by Council under the Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program in 2019. The exact amount of the grant to be disbursed will be less than 50 per cent of the total project cost and will be based on the actual costs as identified in submitted invoices.


The 2019 Operating Budget includes $30,000 for cash grants allocated to the Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program. The Administration does not anticipate any other applications for cash grants at this point in the construction season and supports the expenditure of these funds in 2019.


Environmental Implications


The conservation work proposed will ensure the building continues to be used and maintained. The work will ensure the structural integrity of the building and bell tower is retained.


Policy and/or Strategic Implications


Conservation of St. Matthew Anglican Church meets the following policies of Design Regina: The Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2013-48:


Section D5: Land Use and Built Environment


Goal 6 - Built Form and Urban Design


7.38 Consider impacts of alterations, development, and/or public realm improvements on or adjacent to an historic place to ensure its heritage value is conserved.


Section D8: Culture


Goal 1 - Support Cultural Development and Cultural Heritage


10.1              Build partnerships and work collaboratively with community groups, other levels of government, and the private and voluntary sectors to encourage cultural development opportunities and conserve historic places.


10.4 Protect, conserve and maintain historic places in accordance with the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada and any other guidelines adopted by City Council.


10.5 Encourage owners to protect historic places through good stewardship and voluntarily designating their property for listing on the Heritage Property Register.


10.11 Leverage and expand funding, financial incentive programs and other means of support to advance cultural development, cultural resources and conservation of historic places.


Other Implications


None with respect to this report.


Accessibility Implications


None with respect to this report.




The property owners and Heritage Regina will receive a copy of this report for information.




The recommendations contained within this report require City Council approval.



Respectfully Submitted,              Respectfully Submitted,

              Laurie Shalley

Emmaline Hill, Acting Director              Laurie Shalley, Acting Executive Director

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services               City Planning & Community Development


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