Built in the late 1800’s, the building located at 21 River Street West has been home to several businesses including furniture retailers and repair shops. Today, the historical building houses the “Rusty Owl’: a steampunk café and restaurant.
“When you travel to other cities, you see that the river is always a focal point for dining and entertainment. This historical building on River Street was always a draw for me,” said Rusty Owl owner Philip Fourie. “The interior restoration is considered Steam Punk or Victorian Futurism which is essentially a theme that honours the past while embracing the future.”
The building was selected as the City of Prince Albert’s 2016 Heritage Award winner in the rehabilitation category. The city said restorative work successfully preserved the historic and architecturally significant features including the brick work, arched second-floor windows and elaborate cornices.
Craig Guidinger, planning manager with the city said, “The revitalization of historic downtown Prince Albert is not made possible without projects like these.”
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