Frederick W. Hill Mall from the Cornwall Centre, c. 1981
This photograph shows the view south of 11th Avenue toward the Frederick W. Hill Mall. Formerly an open stretch of Scarth Street, the Frederick W. Hill Mall is an open-air pedestrian mall. In summer, the Frederick W. Hill Mall fills with hot dog stands, buskers and people from nearby office towers eager to catch some sunshine on their coffee breaks. Public events often take place on a portable stage that is placed on the Frederick W. Hill Mall each summer. Several public art pieces, including a Joe Fafard sculpture of a buffalo, are on display in the mall.
The biggest mall of all, indeed the biggest in southern Saskatchewan, is the Cornwall Centre. Located in downtown Regina, the Cornwall Centre was constructed in the downtown core area on the north side of 11th Avenue between Hamilton and Cornwall Streets in 1981.
The Cornwall Centre came about as part of an effort to attract business to the downtown area. Like many large cities, Regina once had a downtown core area that was gradually becoming a ghost town. The provincial government committed to supporting a major renovation of the downtown area. The SaskTel building and the SGI Tower were constructed adjacent to the new mall, which is owned in its entirety by Cadillac Fairview. A large high-rise building was also built near the Cornwall Centre and since the mall’s construction additional attractions have sprung up in the downtown area. The Saskatchewan Trade and Convention Centre, built in 1988 along with a 12-storey office tower, is connected to what is now the Delta Hotel. In turn, the Delta is now connected with Casino Regina, which resides on the north side of Saskatchewan Drive in what used to be Union Station. By using the pedways, a visitor to Regina can travel from Casino Regina to the Delta Hotel and straight into the Cornwall Centre without ever going outside.