Lyell Gustin (1895-1988), musician, mentor and cultural leader, resided and taught in Saskatoon for some 70 years. The Lyell Gustin Piano Studios were a hub of vibrant musical/cultural activity from the 1920s onward, and many of the hundreds of Studio graduates went on to professional music careers on the provincial, national and international levels.
At Dr. Gustin’s death, the house was purchased by his former student, Lloyd Rodwell,and was declared a Municipal Heritage Property on April 10, 1989. Mr. Rodwell entrusted his vision for the house to the Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc., even as he arranged that the building be used as a rental property. In January 2005, a newly constituted Committee, comprising former Gustin students and a leading member of the heritage community, undertook the complete interior and exterior restoration of Gustin House.
On May 31, 2005, the Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan, Dr. Lynda Haverstock, inaugurated the house as a centre dedicated to the Gustin legacy. The building is now used for programs presented by the Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee, for occasional meetings of musical/cultural groups, and for exhibit of materials that document Lyell Gustin’s life and career.
On April 24, 2008, the Province of Saskatchewan designated Gustin House as a Provincial Heritage Property in recognition of Dr. Gustin’s profound influence in the musical and cultural development of Saskatchewan. For more information, see www.gustinhouse.ca
Photo credit: Michael Pomedi