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Historic Saskatoon building that housed Lydia’s to be demolished

Farnam Block, which most recently was home to Lydia’s, is slated to meet the wrecker’s ball.
Farnam Block, which most recently was home to Lydia’s, is slated to meet the wrecker’s ball. File / Global News

SASKATOON – A historic building on Broadway Avenue is coming down. The City of Saskatoon issued a demolition permit this week for the Farnam Block, which was recently home to Lydia’s.

The new owners, local chiropractors, say the wrecking ball will swing this spring. The duo say they have exhausted all options to restore the building, saying it would be too expensive.

They have made a list of things they hope to salvage, but are being tight-lipped.

“It’s not going to fade from Broadway forever, there will be a memento or two in the building that people can still look at and remember the old Farnam Block,” said Dean Potapinski, one of the co-owners of the building.

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The new building will include retail and business space and possibly residential units.

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With files from Wendy Winiewski