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Pullar Community Building (Pullar Stadium and Community Building)

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Pullar Stadium and Community Building
1938–1939, John D. Chubb. 435 E. Portage Ave.
  • (Photograph by Roger Funk)

After Sophia Nolte Pullar left $70,000 to the City of Sault Ste. Marie with which the city could start either a home for the elderly or a community center, her trustees selected the latter. They determined that a community center that doubled as an ice rink more closely met Pullar's intent. At the Sault, indeed, across Canada and the northern United States, figure skating, ice hockey, and recreational skating are popular pastimes.

The austere Moderne structure resembles those associated with federal government–sponsored buildings of the 1930s and 1940s. A shallow barrel roof covers the symmetrically arranged horizontal building, and a pedimented three-door entrance pavilion projects at the center. The walls are pale yellowish-brown brick. The arena floor lies directly on the ground without insulation. Only steel bars and chicken wire protect spectators from flying pucks. The building accommodates the ice skating rink with a pro and rental shop and concessions, parks and recreation offices, and the Manny Boucher Room for public meetings. Today the stadium is also used for events. A donation from the Cecelia M. Matheson Trust in 2010 will fund replacement of windows and improvements to dressing rooms and restrooms.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert

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