October 2015 Heritage Email
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Hi Heritage Friends,

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The National Trust for Canada Conference: Heritage Energized

The National Trust Conference that took place Oct 22-24 attracted over 435 registrants from across Canada—the highest number in recent memory—the conference also assembled the broadest range of speakers, sessions and workshops that the National Trust has ever mounted. Next years conference will be in Hamilton ON, Oct 20-22, 2016.

Watch for the conference presentations to be posted on the National Trust website. We will include a link in our December newsletter.

Lougheed House: Proudly They Served: Canadian Women’s Army Corps in WWII

October 21st – January 31st, 2016
Wed – Fri, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sat – Sun, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lougheed House, 707 13th Avenue SW
Included with admission: $8.50 – Adult, $6.50 - Seniors & Students, $5.00 - Child (Ages 6 - 12), $25.00 – Family, Free - Under 6
Learn about the history of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) and the role of Lougheed House in providing a Calgary barracks during World War II. Hear stories firsthand in the audio tour component of the exhibit from women who worked as switchboard operators, cipher decoders, drivers, cooks and clerks during WWII. Some of these women served while living at Lougheed House or other barracks. Imagine what Lougheed House was like during the service of CWAC, from 1941-46, by viewing archival photographs of the CWAC women who were stationed here.
Collections featured in the exhibition include artifacts, oral histories and photographs from the Lougheed House Conservation Society, the Military Museums, the Glenbow Archives, Heritage Park and a private collection.

Lougheed House: Remembrance Tea and Talk with CWAC Veteran Rose Wilkinson

November 9th, 2015 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lougheed House, 707 13th Avenue SW
Tickets are $9 for Lougheed House Members and Volunteers, and $20 for Non-Members.
Contact Adrienne Leicht at 403 244-6333 ext. 106 or email to purchase tickets.
Did you know that WWII code breaking happened beyond Bletchley Park? Hear the story of Canadian Women’s Army Corps Veteran Rose Wilkinson, who served as a cipher decoder. The talk will be led by Lougheed House Curator Trisha Carleton and light refreshments will be provided. Rose Wilkinson volunteers extensively, performs speaking engagements, and was awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2015.
Get your feet stomping, sing along, and share old time stories and history of Bridgeland with friends and neighbors.  This is a re-creation of how people socialized in the “good old days”. Music will be provided by the “Prairie Mountain Fiddlers” band and snack food will be provided. Come yourself and bring your friends.
Date:                   Friday, November 6, 2015
Time:                   7:30 p.m.
Location:             Bridgeland-Riverside Community Hall
                             917 Centre Ave N.E.
Admission:          $5.00 admission - Kids up to 12 get in free
Limit:                   75 people
For more info please contact:
RSVP to Irene Hammerling: or call (403)  269-1579
You are welcome to dress in a period or ethnic costume representing “the good ole times”

Calgary Heritage Initiative Demystifying Heritage Designation Part 2

Join us November 14  for our second heritage designation workshop, featuring home and building owners who have had their historic properties legally protected (designated) and heritage experts familiar with the procedure. Four speakers will share their designation stories and cover such topics as generating and selling unused density, advantages for heritage in the planning and development process, and taking advantage of City and Provincial grant programs. Learn about historical designation from people who have experienced it.

Saturday, November 14
Doors Open 9:30 am, event 10 am to Noon
Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Centre
2201 Cliff St. SW, Calgary, AB

Admission: $10 per person* (kids free), which includes membership in the Calgary Heritage Initiative (optional). CHI members in good standing attend for $5. Pay online via Eventbrite or register via Eventbrite and pay at the door.

Register here.

Did you know that.....

Density transfer is one of the most important tools available to conserve our heritage resources. It is alternatively known as the ‘transfer of unused development rights’, or ‘transfer of air rights’. Density transfer  is a tool that is currently available in the Downtown, East Village and Beltline areas of Calgary,  but in the future may become more broadly applied as The City seeks to conserve heritage resources in areas where densities are increasing.
Density transfer involves allowing legally protected (municipally designated) historic resources the ability to transfer, or sell,the development potential that would otherwise be available on the heritage site to a development site within the same community. This allows the heritage property to remain, and the heritage property owner to recoup the forgone economic potential associated with re developing the heritage site.
For example, if the land use (zoning) where a heritage property is located allows for a 10 storey building but the property is occupied by a one storey building, the right to develop those nine unused storeys can be transferred or sold to a development site within the community, contingent upon the heritage building being protected. This tool always a heritage property owner to recoup some of the economic value that is forgone by not redeveloping a heritage property to a higher density/ intensity.

Heritage Density Transfer Incentive
Everyday Day Tourist: Calgary's Trans Canada Highway Motel History
"It was 1962 when the Trans Canada Highway opened and in Calgary, it went right through the City’s northern inner-city communities.   While today the urban planning buzz term is “urban village,” back in the ‘50s and ‘60s Calgary was famous for its “motel villages” both along the Trans Canada Highway (between 19th and 24th Streets NW, aka Crowchild Trail) long before the University of Calgary existed and the other in Montgomery (between 43rd to 46th St. NW) which didn’t amalgamate with the City of Calgary until 1963."

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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.”