Law School in Regina (Thursday Throwback)

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Wetmore Hall, 2118 Scarth Street Regina, 1913.  Credit: Saskatchewan Archives Board, #R-962, file 2D
Wetmore Hall, 2118 Scarth Street, Regina, 1906. Credit: Saskatchewan Archives Board, #R-962, file 2D

In December 1912, the benchers decided to establish a law school in Regina. The Law Society purchased a house at 2118 Scarth Street from a successful local businessman W. Mason. Wetmore Hall, named after the Honourable Edward L. Wetmore, former chief justice of Saskatchewan, opened on October 1, 1913 with 49 students. Attendance dropped to 16 in 1915 due to the war. About the same time, University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon decided to establish a College of Law, which opened in the fall of 1913. Wetmore Hall was closed in 1922 due to the cost of maintaining the school and the fact that there was another law school in the province. In 1960, Wetmore Hall was demolished and the site has been used as a parking lot ever since.

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Left: Demolition of Wetmore Hall, October 1960. Right: Same location is now a parking lot.

3 thoughts on “Law School in Regina (Thursday Throwback)

    lsslib responded:
    May 29, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Hello Jill, we tried to contact you but your email address bounced. Could you please contact us at kelly.laycock@lawsociety.sk.ca?

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    Jill said:
    May 20, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Great post. Not to be a bear, but the photo of the house being demolished is not Wetmore Hall. The house pictured was on the 2000 block of Scarth, north of 13th Ave. Wetmore Hall was the 2nd house south of 13th Ave, on the west side. Cheers

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      lsslib responded:
      May 23, 2017 at 9:23 am

      In the image of the demolition of Wetmore Hall provided by Saskatchewan Archives Board, it appears that the house being demolished is Wetmore Hall, but in fact Wetmore Hall has already been demolished and the machine is sitting on its rubble in this photo. We apologize if the caption in the original post was misleading.

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