The Marr Residence is the oldest house in Saskatoon still standing on its original site. Built by Alexander (Sandy) Marr in 1884, it was one of the first substantial houses to appear in the original Temperance Colony of Saskatoon. Mr. Marr brought his wife and family west; drawn by the lure of homestead land and a chance to make a living in the new colony. The house and property was acquired by the City of Saskatoon in 1979 and restored to show what domestic life was like in early Saskatoon. Today, the house also features an exhibit on the relationships between settlers and First Nations during the Northwest Resistance of 1885. A second floor bedroom is dedicated to telling the story of the use of the house as a Field Hospital during the Resistance.

The Marr house and garden is open for programs, workshops and tours throughout the year.  Further information can be obtained by calling 652-1201 or by checking the events calendar to the right.  Admission is by donation.

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Marr Fall Programming

Come out this fall to the Marr.

Sunday September 29 Open House 1-4 p.m.

Volunteers will be on hand to provide guided tours and information about the history of the house.

Sunday October 20 Open House 1-4 p.m.

Tour the house and learn about another of the early families that lived in the Nutana neighbourhood: The Trounce Family.

Sunday November 10 Remembrance Day Program 1-4 p.m.

Local historian Al Morton will present a talk entitled Honouring Canada’s War Dead at 2 p.m.

Fun At the Marr

This past Sunday some of our volunteers put on a silt walking demonstration.

If you’d like to try your hands at the silts make sure to come out to the dance that’s happening this Friday, July 26th, starting at 7 pm in the Marr Garden.

More info can be found here. Hope to see you there!

Canada Day at the Marr

We had a huge turn out for our Son’s of Django concert in the Garden. Over 250 people attended. Thanks to everyone that came out!

It’s Raffle Time!

In conjunction with the Marr Summer Dance we are raffling off two handmade baby quilts. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. They can be purchased by emailing or at any of the Marr open houses starting July 1st.

Marr Summer Dance

This summer on July 26th, 2019, at 7:00 pm, the Marr is hosting a dance and fundraiser in the garden. There will be live music, dancing, food, and games. More info can be found here. Tickets are $15 or $20 at the door, they can be purchased by emailing the Marr at or through EventBright.

The Marr National Historic Site Plaque Unveiling

On Sunday July 2nd, the plaque for the Marr achieving National Historic Site status was unveiled. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen, and to all who attended. Below are some articles written about the event.

CBC: Saskatoon’s Marr Residence gets its National Historic Site plaque

CTV: Oldest house in Saskatoon gets National Historic Site plaque

Global: Saskatoon’s Marr Residence recognized as national historic site

Shaw TV at the Marr

This spring Shaw TV came to visit the Marr and caught up with Della, Sue, and Lauren. The Marr is featured throughout the program, starting from times 3:58, 11:23, 19:44, and 27:44.

Volunteer Opportunities

During the summer season opportunities exist for volunteers to assist in the garden or to help with summer tours and weekend events.  If you are interested in finding out more on how you can volunteer at the Marr visit the About Us tab on this site or call us at 306-652-1201.





  • Events

    Open House - 20 Oct 2019
    Remembrance Day Program - 10 Nov 2019

  • Photos

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