Arts Building
(Photography: University Archives and Special Collections, A-118)

From the archives: Raising the Arts Building

The Arts Building at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) was built in four stages between 1958 and 1967. This June 1960 image shows a man photographing the ongoing construction from atop the incomplete Arts Tower, with the Chemistry Building in the background.

What else was happening in 1960?

  • USask became one of the first universities in Canada to obtain a computer, an LGP-30. The desk-sized machine was installed in the basement of the Crop Science Building because it was too large to fit in the Arts Building elevator.
  • International art journal The Structurist was founded by Eli Bornstein (DLitt’90), USask Department of Art and Art History professor emeritus.
  • The House of Commons, under Prime Minister John Diefenbaker (BA’15, MA’16, LLB’19, DCL’58), approved the Canadian Bill of Rights.
  • Notable 1960 graduates: photochemist James Bolton (BA’58, MA’60), psychologist Frank Farley (BA’60, MA’63), former Premier of Saskatchewan Roy Romanow (BA’60, LLB’64, LLD’07).
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