These houses represent the extension of residential development north of the Bow River during Calgary’s first population boom, 1907–1913, promoted first by bridges and then by streetcar service. (Symbolic Value: Community- Significance) These cottages, built in 1912 and 1913, represent the activity of real estate speculators to provide much-needed working-class housing during the city’s first population boom. (Symbolic Value: Community Significance) The occupants of these cottages exemplify the diverse tradespeople, sales and clerical workers, and mid-level professionals who were integral to the development of early Calgary. (Symbolic Value: Community Significance) These houses are good examples of Edwardian cottage-style residences in Calgary. This grouping is a rare surviving example in Calgary of a complete row of such modest working-class housing. (Style Value: City Wide Significance)
The nine-story Lancaster Building has been called Calgary’s first skyscraper. Its U-shape with central light-well allowed all offices to have windows to the outdoors. The expanse of street-level display windows was impressive for the time. (Design Value, City Wide Significance) This was one the first major buildings in Calgary to use steel-frame construction, which made such a tall building economical. Also advanced for its time were its fireproofing features, three high-speed elevators, and hot-and-cold running water throughout. (Construction Value, City Wide Significance) The Lancaster Building was the ambitious venture of early Calgary entrepreneur and civic leader James Stuart Mackie (1860–1949). Mackie established several businesses, and his long service with the Calgary Board of Trade earned him an honorary life membership. He served several terms as an alderman and was Calgary’s mayor in 1901. The Lancaster Building remained in family ownership into the 1980s. (Person Value, City Wide Significance) Built in what was then the outskirts of Calgary’s downtown core, the Lancaster Building is significant for promoting commercial development further west along Stephen AV. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance) From its start and into the present day, the Lancaster Building has contributed to Calgary’s economic vitality as a high-occupancy, prestigious downtown business location whose tenants have reflected the city’s changing economy. (Activity Value, City Wide Significance) Designed by James Teague, the Lancaster Building is a fine and rare surviving example in Calgary of a large Edwardian commercial building with classical features. (Style Value, City Wide Significance)
The McClary Residence, built circa 1929, has symbolic value as one of the oldest residences in Glenbrook and is representative of the early agricultural settlement in what was the Municipal District of Springbank No. 221, which was situated outside the western boundary of the City of Calgary (Symbolic Value – Community Significance). The McClary Residence is also valued as a unique and largely intact example of vernacular residential style in the Glenbrook neighbourhood (Style Value – Community Significance).
Nelco Square, constructed in 1979 is highly valued as a superb example of a late Brutalist-style office building in Calgary (Style Value – City Wide Significance). Nelco Square also has significant symbolic value for its association with Calgary’s thriving economy in the late 1970s as a result of soaring oil prices and increased development of oil and gas interests in the province, and as a marker of the shift to constructing office buildings outside of the downtown core in newly established industrial areas (Symbolic Value – City Wide Significance).
The Sanders Residence possesses symbolic value as the oldest intact and continually occupied residential building in the East Village. (Symbolic Value, Community) The residence is representative of western false front architecture, once a popular style in Calgary but rare in residential construction. (Style Value, City-Wide Significance)
Calgary Heritage Events
Below is a listing of heritage events happening throughout the city. We are always happy to include the events of other organizations in our monthly newsletters. We only ask that you have them to us by the end of each month. Events can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calgary Public Library Events
Family Heritage Festival Join many of Calgary’s best-known heritage organizations for a fun-filled afternoon of hands-on activities for everyone celebrating the heritage of Calgary and Alberta. In partnership with Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge.
Rocky Ridge Saturday, July 28
12 - 3 p.m.
Evolution of the Library Through Buildings Join a walking tour from Alberta’s first public library, to the New Central Library in East Village and learn about historic community buildings along the way. Led by Calgary Public Library’s Sarah Meilleur, Director of Service Delivery for City Centre Libraries and New Central Library, and former Calgary Heritage Authority Vice-Chair
Memorial Park - Main Floor Open Area Thursday, Aug. 2
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Are You a New Calgarian This event is designed especially for newcomers to Canada. History comes to life in the stories of the people who lived it. In the Footsteps of Giants, a book by CCHS written for young readers celebrates the people who made our city great. We invite you to join some of our authors to hear the tales of the amazing characters of Calgary’s past. Families welcome.
Friday August 3
10 – 11:30 a.m
John Dutton Theatre
Read With Engine 23 Join the Fire Chief from the Calgary Fire Department as he shares stories and learn about fire safety and our heritage
Wednesday, August 1
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Central Main Floor Fire Truck
CENTRAL LIBRARY PROGRAMS
ANCESTOR HUNTER Do your genealogy like a seasoned researcher with the help of this hands-on workshop, suitable for beginners. All participants should bring the name of one ancestor, and if you have a laptop, please bring it – if you don’t we will supply a Chromebook for your use.
Saturday August 4,
10am to noon
Meeting room 2 Central Library
BOB OLDRICH AND CALGARY’S PUBLIC ART In the 1960s, Bob Oldrich created some amazing public art in Calgary and area, a majority with architect Philippe Delesalle. Join art historian Nancy Townshend and architect Philippe Delesalle as they explore this remarkable collaboration and legacy.
Tuesday July 31
Dutton Theatre (need to book theatre support)
DOWNTON ABBEY’S CALGARY CONNECTIONS How many connections could there possibly be between the Downton Abbey TV series and the colonial outpost of Calgary? From shared names, places, events and characters to Calgary’s own titled and landed Earl, you’ll hear of at least a dozen!
Tuesday, July 31
MEMORIAL PARK LIBRARY PROGRAMS
MORRIS (TWO-GUN) COHEN AND THE CHINESE COMMUNITY Dr. Don Smith, in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta, will separate truth from legend in the fascinating story of Morris Cohen, his Western Canadian Chinese connections and his role in 20th century Chinese history.
Memorial Park - Main Floor Salon Sunday, Aug. 5
3:30 - 4:30 p.m
THE FIGHT FOR BOOKS; THE CALGARY WOMEN’S LITERARY CLUB Learn about the history of the Calgary Women’s Club and its role in establishing Calgary’s first public library. Led by the Calgary Women’s Literary Club.
Memorial Park - Main Floor Salon Sunday, July 29
1:30 - 3 p.m.
DOWNTOWN LIBRARY WALKING TOURS Enjoy walking tours of the East Village and Beltline communities surrounding Central and Memorial Park Libraries, and discover their unique literary and cultural histories.
Central - Main Floor West Window Thursday July 5 and 19
12 - 12:45 p.m.