Saskatoon Neighbourhood – Mayfair
Mayfair is a neighbourhood in the city of Saskatoon. Mayfair started out as a community outside of the villages of Riversdale, Nutana and Saskatoon and appears as its own place name on a map of 1907. In 1909 there were 60 residences built in Mayfair, and in 1911, the City of Saskatoon had grown large enough to encompass Mayfair. Home ownership amongst the residents is at 68.2%. According to MLS data, the average sale price of a home as of 2013 was $228,367.
Location – Within the Lawson Suburban Development Area (West Side), the neighbourhood of Mayfair is bounded to the south by 33rd Street East, the north by Circle Drive. The width is determined by Idylwyld Drive (Avenue A) and Avenue H. Streets are laid out east and west, avenues are laid out running north and south. Streets increment in number as travel heads northward. Avenues increment alphabetically as travel proceeds west. The whole of the Mayfair community is also laid out in a grid pattern.
History – Mayfair was originally developed in the late 1800s-early 1900s as a separate community known as Mayfair Addition, with its own street naming. By 1912 the community had been annexed into the city, however its original street names continued to be in use for several years:
33rd Street East was previously named “Albert” (although it was also known at the same time as 33rd Street)
34th Street East was previously named “James”
35th Street East was previously named “Charles”
36th Street East was previously named “Lily”
37th Street East was previously named “Frisco”
Education – Mayfair School, a Public Elementary School opened January, 1921.
Prior to the completion of the first stage of Mayfair School, pupils of the district were accommodated in temporary frame structures. The basement for the brick school at Mayfair had been completed in 1914. However, further progress on construction was not resumed until six years later. In January 1919, the Board realized that the use of the framed buildings would no longer meet the accommodation needs of the Mayfair district. Tenders were called for the completion of the permanent structure. A. W. Cassidy and Company was offered the contract, and work commenced in August of that year. The amount of the tender and sub-trades was a total of $212,484.00. This first stage of the building structure provided ten classrooms. An addition of four classrooms and an auditorium was completed in 1952 at a total cost of $133,393.00. Building plans for the 1958-59 school year provided for an addition of four classrooms at Mayfair school. Architects, Webster, Forrester and Scott, and contractor W.C. Wells, were involved in the project which was opened in September 1959.
Library – Mayfair Public Library opened September 23, 1952.
Area Parks – A.H. Browne Park 4.83 acres (19,500 m2). The park features a seasonal water park/paddling pool, baseball diamond, tobaggon hill, and soccer and football field. The park was built on land acquired by the City of Saskatoon for non-payment of taxes. It is located on 37th St. between Avenues D and F. It is a legacy of the pre-war boom and bust as land speculators found themselves unable to sell off their properties and in many cases simply allowed ownership to revert to the City. The east half of the park (including the paddling pool) was built in 1955. In 1957 part of Avenue E was closed north of 37th and the park was extended west to Avenue F. Previously known informally as “Mayfair Park”, it was now formally named in honour of long-time Parks Superintendent Alfred H. Browne. In 1980, with funding provided by the Mayfair Neighbourhood Improvement Plan (NIP) it was re-landscaped. A hill was built in the center, the ball diamond was moved and expanded and new playgrounds, a soccer pitch and basketball court were built.
Shopping – Shopping lines both sides of 33rd Street East. Mayfair Hardware opened June 1949. Christie’s Mayfair Bakery opened 1933. Safeway Inc. and Mayfair Sporting Goods Inc.
Community – The Hudson Bay Park | Mayfair | Kelsey-Woodlawn Community Association provides leisure activities for various age groups and they are made available for area residents at Mayfair community school.
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