On Wednesday, Sept. 16 the University of Regina is holding a town hall to discuss the future of the College Ave. Campus and Darke Hall. In early July, the university announced that it had contracted the Regina-based architectural firm P3 Architecture Partners along with heritage experts Donald Luxton and Associates to lead the renewal project.
In the last year or so, several different organizations such as the Regina Folk Festival and Curtain Razors theatre company have held events at Darke Hall. That’s after a number of years where the hall was used sparingly because of questions about its structural integrity.
One goal the university has is to restore Darke Hall to its former glory as a performance venue. The College Ave. Campus is home to the Conservatory of Performing Arts too. So work to stabilize and upgrade the College Building would be another boost for Regina’s arts community. The Centre for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning Centre are located in the building as well, so adult education would a third winner.
According to the U of R it’s halfway to its $10 million fundraising goal to tackle the multi-year restoration project. The forum on Wednesday will be held at Darke Hall from 4 to 6 p.m.