Multi-million dollar repairs approved for Calgary’s historic City Hall
Committee approves $34 million to rehabilitate Calgary's crumbling historic City Hall
Josh Traptow, executive director for the Calgary Heritage Authority, said the scale of deterioration of City Hall should be a wake-up call for the city to pay more attention and allocate more money to maintain its aging, historically significant buildings.
“This (City Hall) is the cornerstone of democracy in Calgary,” said Traptow. “It has housed everything from a jail on the main floor, to the councillors’ offices. It is probably one of the most historically significant buildings in terms of Calgary as a city and where we’ve come from.
“There needs to be ongoing plans for these types of buildings,” he said. “We can’t just let them sit, otherwise you end up with a $34-million bill to restore them.”