April 2018 Newsletter

Submit an application for the Lion Awards today!

The 2018 Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Awards are coming up, and we want to see your projects!

The biennial Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have undertaken initiatives, of any scale, in support of heritage conservation in Calgary. Heritage in Calgary is represented from the downtown core to surrounding communities. Maintaining a link to our past, and understanding those links, ensures we have complete communities in the future.
There are five award categories:
Do you know of a project, person or group that is deserving of recognition? Please review the full application instructions and submit your application by MAY 3, 2018. To apply, please visit: 

The 2018 CHA Lion Awards will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Palace Theatre. Get your tickets now!

Sites added to the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources

The following sites were evaluated or re-evaluated for addition to the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources in January and approved by the CHA at the March board meeting.

Senator Patrick Burns Memorial Rock Garden (1956) – 1103 10 ST NW (Hillhurst)
Re-evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource (CWHR)
The Rock Garden is directly associated with two prominent Calgarians, Senator Patrick Burns, one of the ‘Big Four’ financial backers of the first Calgary Stampede, and Alex Munro, Superintendent of Calgary Parks 1949-1960 (People Value, City Wide Significance) The Rock Garden is valued for its unique design featuring intricate pathways, its use of native plant varieties and for using repurposed sandstone blocks from the demolished Burns mansion to build the framework of the gardens and paths (Design Value, City Wide Significance) The Rock Garden is a city landmark due to its status as one of the few rock gardens in the city, and is one of the last primarily ornamental garden constructed by the City of Calgary Parks Department (Landmark Value, City Wide Significance)

John Steinbrecher Residence (1907) – 720 1 NW (Crescent Heights)
Evaluated as a Community Historic Resource (CHR)
It represents the founding and early development of Crescent Heights during Calgary’s first population boom, 1907–1913. This was one of its earliest buildings and is one of the oldest ones remaining. [Symbolic value, Community Significance] Built for a businessman new to Canada, it represents the attraction of Calgary to entrepreneurs from elsewhere aiming to capitalize on the city’s pre-WWI population surge and thriving economy. [Symbolic value, Community Significance] It is a fine example in the neighbourhood of a substantial Queen Anne Revival dwelling, with the asymmetry and irregular massing characteristic of the style, meant to evoke picturesque charm. [Style value, Community Significance]

CHA Jane's Walk: Sidewalk Stamps Tour of Bridgeland-Riverside

Saturday May 3rd at 1:30pm
Meeting Place: 4 Ave NE and 6 St NE - NE corner

Sidewalk stamps can be found throughout Calgary, dating from the early 19th century all the way to present day. The stamps typically have the date of when the sidewalk was poured and the name of the contractor who completed the work.

The first mention of concrete sidewalks in Calgary city council minutes appears in July 1900, when the City Engineer was instructed by the Public Works committee to put in a test section of “granolithic” concrete, a high-grade type that has granite chips embedded in the surface instead of sand and pea gravel. Late in 1902, council received a letter from W.R. Hull requesting that he be allowed to pour a section of concrete sidewalk on Stephen Avenue and First Street West in conjunction with construction of his building on that corner (the Alberta Block). The sidewalk was completed late in 1902, and in early 1903, the city paid 50% of the $314.54 cost. The contractor wasn’t named. In May 1903, city council discussed sidewalk specs for Centre Street, 1st Street East, 1st Street West, Atlantic (9th) and Stephen (8th) Avenues; by August the first such by-law (#513) was passed to facilitate the borrowing of $28,000 to cover the cost of having sidewalks on those streets completed. A local contractor by the name of George Irish tendered successfully for this work, which doesn’t appear to have commenced until the spring of 1904.

Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 1:30PM
Quadrant: NE
Meeting Place: 4 Ave NE and 6 St NE - NE corner
Finish Point: McDougall Rd & 6A ST NE
Walk Duration: 1.5
Areas of Interest: History, Economy
Led By: Josh Traptow
Look for: We will be wearing CHA t-shirts
Inner City: Yes

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
Jane's Walk May 4-5-6, 2018
JOIN a Jane’s Walk. It’s a purposeful walk – a chance to see your community through fresh eyes – where you learn something new and share your ideas for how to create more vibrant neighbourhoods.
Read about the free walking tours being offered this year at
And why not volunteer to lead a Jane’s walk this year? Jane Jacobs was passionate about community and city life. If you are too, why not design and lead a walk through your favourite part of Calgary? Make 2018 your year to lead the walking conversation.
Julie Black
Calgary Foundation

Calgary Heritage Initiative Annual General Meeting with Reid Henry, President & CEO cSpace King Edward

Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. 
Location: cSpace King Edward,  Studio Theatre, 1721 29th Avenue SW.
Registration:  Free event, register at  EVENTBRITE or visit our Events and Workshops Post at
Membership Renewals: $10 At the door or on-line at
The meeting will open with AGM Business: Executive and Committee reports including Chris Edward’s Heritage Watch endangered list,  bylaw amendments and elections to the Board, followed by coffee and dessert.  
Our Guest Speaker, Reid Henry, President and CEO at cSPACE Projects will share the inspiring story of adaptive reuse of the 1912  King Edward School.  Appointed as the first President and CEO of cSPACE Projects, Reid is leading the development of a network of large scale, multi-disciplinary creative workspaces in Calgary, Alberta. The award-winning flagship project of cSPACE is the redevelopment of a 3 acre, inner city site including artist studios, rehearsal space, non-profit program offices, coworking space, cafe, meeting/event venues, new public park and private sector residential development.
Who: Chinook Country Historical Society
What: Canadian Comic-don: Wartime Comic Books in Canada, free talk by Dennis Slater on comic books and strips in Canada during the First and Second World Wars.
Where: Central Library John Dutton Theater, 616 Macleod Trail SE.
When: Tuesday, April 24th, 7:00pm.
Before there were comic books, there were comic strips and children’s adventure stories, filled with clear-eyed, resolute heroes and heroines. During the First World War, Canadian children thrilled to the adventures of the Young Canada Boys, the Brighton Boys and the Belgian Twins. By the Second World War, Canadian superhero comic book characters were battling enemies overseas. Explore these wartime heroes from the Great War to the Second War, and trace the origins of Biggles and the Flying Squadron right up to the exploits of Captain Daring and Rover the Wonder Dog.
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