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Darke Hall has been a pillar of the arts and culture scene in Regina since it opened in 1929. In the past five years it has undergone major restoration and modernization work as part of the University of Regina’s College Avenue Campus Renewal Project. To celebrate Darke Hall’s 2022 re-opening, the Dr. John Archer Library and Archives prepared this online exhibit featuring items from our archival holdings that showcase Darke Hall throughout its history.

Darke Hall Quick Facts:

  • Funded by Francis Nicholson Darke
  • Originally referred to as the F. N. Darke Building for Music and Art
  • Designed by architect James Henry Puntin in the Collegiate Gothic Revival style
  • Constructed by Poole Construction Co. Limited
  • Officially opened with a Dedication Service on January 6, 1929
  • Received a south-end addition by architect Clifford Wiens in 1962-1963
  • Closed to the public in 1983 after being declared structurally unsafe
  • Re-opened in 1986 after restoration