Historic McLean Building
Souleio Foods Inc. has lovingly restored the historic McLean Building to its original grandeur
Built by O.M. Helgerson, an audacious young farmer from Iowa in 1912 during Saskatoon’s early economic boom, the building was intended to provide stature to 3rd avenue and lend character to the area. His vision and extreme speculative audacity enhanced the profile of the resulting streetscape.
Of all the building projects undertaken in the era of 1907-1913, the transformation of 3rd avenue was the most dramatic and the stature of the buildings are still important anchors in our city center today.
These buildings best express the optimism at the height of the boom and the sense that men wanted to create “an important city”. We hope that Souleio Foods will do the same for the area and our beautiful city, further jump-starting its rejuvenation and the ongoing south downtown developments.
Building permits attest to the fact that very few renovations appear to have been done to the building, which is a rarity in itself. In general over the decades, the McLean building has survived relatively well despite many different tenants and usages over the years, especially the upper floors still containing the original layout, mullioned windows, hardwood flooring and walk-in safes.
An immense amount of work has been undertaken by the owners and employees of Souleio Foods Inc. to restore the character of the main floor and modernize the basement. This includes hand spreading 30 truckloads of gravel, pouring new concrete, plumbing, electrical & mechanical upgrades, plaster, paint, refinishing, lighting and more!
Special thanks go to David Hutton of Stantec for architectural drawings, Adam Pollock of Cabyn Space Design for attending to the design details and finishes, Felix, Marcel and everyone who worked tirelessly to complete the renovation.
The space is now ready for modern day service while retaining the old-world charm of yesteryear, complete with embossed ceilings, the original mezzanine windows and recycled woodwork & floors.
Bravo to all who helped make this a reality. You have done your city proud!