In 1994, The City of Calgary established the Calgary Awards to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions made by Calgarians. Each year, individuals, corporations, community groups and organizations are nominated in five major award categories, for a total of 13 awards.
The City of Calgary encourages all Calgarians to look to their neighbours, colleagues, community leaders and local organizations or businesses for those who could qualify as recipients of the Calgary Awards.
Calgarians are invited to recognize fellow citizens and organizations for their contributions in making Calgary a dynamic, progressive and compassionate city. Here is your chance to recognize an individual or organization in your community whose efforts really stand out.
Awarded to an individual Calgarian who has made a sustained and extraordinary contribution, either as a volunteer or professional, to the promotion of awareness and/or preservation of Calgary's heritage in the areas of built heritage, archaeology, culture, education or advocacy.
When a new sidewalk was poured in Alan Zakrison’s inner-city neighbourhood nearly a decade ago, an obsession was born.
Distraught that a vintage date stamp embedded in the concrete in 1912 would be destroyed during the 2008 sidewalk overhaul, Zakrison and a neighbour set out to rescue the relic with a dolly and concrete saw.
Soon, Zakrison wanted to save other old sidewalk stamps left by paving workers, who pressed their company name, the year, and sometimes the street name into wet concrete when they made sidewalks in the city’s early days.
He learned Calgary’s first concrete sidewalk was poured in late 1902, on the corner of Stephen Avenue and 1st Street S.W., and the oldest surviving sidewalks were signed by contractors in 1907.
He became adamant the century-old curb curiosities shouldn’t “end up in the rubble section of the city dump” when crews replaced aging walkways.
L-R: Sean Smith, Josh Traptow, Her Honour, Nikolas Marsall-Moritz
On January 10th CHA Board Members Sean Smith, Nikolas Marsall-Moritz and Executive Director Josh Traptow presented the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Hon. Lois Mitchell with a Lion statuette in recognition of Her Honour's tenure as Lt. Gov being focused on heritage/history.
Next month, the historic building currently known as Flames Central on Stephen Avenue will re-open under its original name — the Palace Theatre. Josh Traptow from the Calgary Heritage Authority joins us to talk about the building's history.
The head of the Calgary Heritage Authority says 2017 could be a record-setting year for historical designations in the city.
On Wednesday, city council's planning and urban development committee approved five new designations for historical properties, including two parks, two schools and one private residence in Inglewood.
"It just means that the city is doing a great job at managing their historic properties and more and more homeowners are taking an interest in designation," said Josh Traptow.
On January 11 CHA Board Member Geoff Ellwand presented the owners of the Johnson Residence with their new plaque.
This picturesque home is one of the earliest known residences in Ramsay. Constructed in about 1908 by builder Ernest J. Davidson at an estimated cost of $1000, the home featured six rooms and one washroom.
This home is a well-preserved and unusual example of Queen Anne Revival Style residence in Ramsay. It features an elaborate roofline, asymmetrical verandah and front entrance, a steeply pitched side gable, a cross gable on the east wing, dormers, and a tall corbelled brick chimney.
This part of Ramsay was originally developed together with Inglewood as East Calgary Plan A2, and was incorporated as part of the original Town of Calgary in 1884. 11 Avenue SE, where this home is located, was originally named "Wesley Street".
In 1913, the property was divided into two parts and sold to George and Mary Jane Johnson. The home was then moved to the west, adjacent to the alley. Members of the Johnson family lived in the residence through the 1950's, for a period of almost five decades.
The following properties were evaluated or re-evaluated for addition to the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources in December and approved by the CHA at the January board meeting.
Alberta Hide & Fur Co. Building (ca. 1907) – 431 8 AV SE (East Village) Evaluated as a Community Historic Resource (CHR)
The ca. 1907 Alberta Hide & Fur Co. Building is symbolic of the historic mixed use community of East Village, as an early commercial-residential building and an important part of the neighbourhood’s last remaining grouping of early 20th Century buildings. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance) The building, with its long-time use as a commercial storefront with residential suites above, possesses value for its mixed use activity for over six decades. (Activity Value, Community Significance) The commercial block is a rare remaining example of the Edwardian Commercial Style in East Village, with many of the elements which define that style. (Style Value, Community Significance)
Calgary Masonic Temple (1928) – 330 12 AV SW (Beltline) Re-evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource (CWHR)
The Calgary Masonic Temple, dedicated Dec. 1928, has been in active use ever since for meetings, social events, and charitable/fundraising activities of the 8 Masonic lodges that had it built as well as Masonic-affiliated groups and others. (Institution Value, City Wide Significance) The Calgary Masonic Temple is a rare monumental public building in Calgary in the Stripped Classical style, a variant of Art Deco. (Style Value, City Wide Significance) The Calgary Masonic Temple contributed to the resurgence of the Beltline after WW I, especially 12 Avenue, as a prime downtown area. The temple’s location across from Memorial Park with its library and war memorial reinforced the block’s civic identity. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance) The temple’s distinctive architecture and recessed siting, proximity to other city landmarks, and ongoing use for diverse activities all serve to make it a community landmark. (Landmark Value, Community Significance)
Dafoe Terrace (1910) – 1204 3 ST SE (Beltline) Re-evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource (CWHR)
The 6-unit terrace has design value as a well-preserved and very rare early example of this housing form in Calgary. (Design Value, City-wide Significance) The building is a high quality example of Georgian Revival style architecture in the city. (Style Value, City-wide Significance) As an early apartment built for professionals in 1910, Dafoe Terrace is symbolic of early Victoria Park which, by that date, was fully developed with a rich variety of building types serving a range of land uses and social classes. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance) The distinctive terrace building, with its prominent corner location at the north edge of the busy Stampede Park, convention centre and Saddledome arena, and along the 12th Avenue transportation corridor, is a community landmark. (Landmark Value, Community Significance)
Fairey Terrace (1906) – 1111 3 ST SE (Beltline) Evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource (CWHR)
The 6-unit rowhouse has design value as a rare example of early terraced housing in Calgary. (Design Value, City Wide Significance) The building is valued for its high quality, well-crafted Classical Revival style architecture. (Style Value, City Wide Significance) As a 1906 apartment built for professionals, Fairey Terrace is symbolic of Victoria Park, one of Calgary’s earliest communities, where a rich variety of building types were developed to serve a wide range of social classes and land uses. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance) The distinctive building, with its prominent corner location across from the busy Stampede Park, convention centre and Saddledome arena, and along the 12th Avenue transportation corridor is a community landmark. (Landmark Value, Community Significance)
Harvard Apartments (1912) – 933 18 AV SW (Lower Mount Royal) Re-evaluated as a Community Historic Resource (CHR)
The Harvard Apartments, built in 1912, represents the development of Lower Mount Royal during Calgary’s first population boom (1907–13) as a residential community geared toward middle-class/professional residents. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance) The Harvard Apartments exemplifies an early apartment block built to respond to Calgary’s pre-WWI demand for housing. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance) The Harvard Apartments provides a good example of the Edwardian Gable-Front house style commonly built in this neighbourhood and throughout Calgary during the pre-WWI period. Most unusually, however, this style for detached houses has been adapted to create a multi-unit apartment block. (Style, Community Significance)
On December 19 the CHA host the Minister of Culture, Ricardo Miranda, for a heritage round-table with a variety of stakeholders represented including: Heritage Park, Fort Calgary, Lougheed House, Calgary Civic Trust, Heritage Planning and the Calgary Heritage Initiative.
Sean Smith is the Creative Director at a local design firm, a member of the Graphic Designers of Canada and lifelong collector of many items like vintage cameras, soda pop memorabilia and neon signs (there are two in his backyard). His passion for the past is evident in everything from how he commutes (a vintage Vespa), to the house he lives in (mid ‘40s) and what he listens to (vinyl from the ‘60s). With a keen design sensibility, Sean has always been drawn to create, appreciate and preserve beautiful things.
Sean has served as a member of the Calgary Heritage Authority since 2015 and is the Chair of the Stakeholder Engagement & Collaboration Committee.
Geoff Ellwand is a Calgary lawyer with an MA in history and a lifelong interest in urban matters. A former reporter he has covered city hall in both Winnipeg and Toronto and once interviewed Jane Jacobs.
Geoff has served as a member of the Calgary Heritage Authority since 2014 and is the Chair of Evaluation & Review Committee.
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.
Elders in the Making
Chris Hsiung - Producer and Director
Elders in the Making is a local award winning feature documentary film exploring the forces of history, large and small, that have led us to where we are today. Two young urban dwellers embark on a learning journey across traditional Blackfoot territory and find the beginnings of the long road to reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people.
Mark the Date!
The Commonwealth Association of Museums is holding a pre-roundtable tour of indigenous heritage sites in Southern Alberta June 19-20, an Indigenous Heritage Roundtable June 21, and an international symposium on Heritage and Nation Building June 22-23, 2017.
Explore the role of museums and heritage organisations in creating and promoting a national identity with colleagues from throughout the Commonwealth during Canada’s sesquicentennial year.
The Commonwealth Association of Museums is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation that supports museums and museum workers throughout the Commonwealth, with a focus on Commonwealth values, such as human rights and social justice, and the UN sustainable development goals.
For further information visit our website, or to volunteer on the local arrangements committee contact the Secretary-General Catherine C Cole in Edmonton at CatherineC.Cole@telus.net.