May 2016 CHA Newsletter
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Hi Heritage Friends,

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The Lions!

The Calgary Heritage Authority is pleased to announce that the Lion Awards will be held on Thursday July 28th at Knox United, 506 4th Street SW, doors open at 6:30pm and the program starts at 7:00pm. The registration page will be up on the Lions webpage for you to RSVP soon.

Lion Awards Applications Now Open

History honours the unforgettable... Join us in celebrating the past with the Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Awards.
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.
The Lion Awards are presented in the following categories:
  • Resource conservation
  • New building design
  • Landscape
  • Community vitalization
  • Advocacy and awareness
  • Heritage trades and crafts
Applications are due May 20, 2016.

Sites added to the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources

The following properties were evaluated or re-evaluated for addition to the City’s Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources in March 2016 and approved by the CHA at its April 2016 Board meeting.

White Residence (1915) 1524 33 AV SW (Evaluation – Community Historic Resource). Built adjacent to the Calgary Municipal Railway line, this simple Prairie Style house symbolizes residential development in South Calgary.  Its one and one-half storey low-pitched hipped roof, squared porch support columns and strong horizontal lines reflect the Prairie style.

Pugh Residence (1912) 2515 17 ST SE (Evaluation - Community Historic Resource).  This is an example of modest Craftsman style homes built by those who worked in the City’s industrial centre.  In the face of development pressure, this increasingly uncommon type of home provides a tangible reminder of Inglewood’s development in the early 20th Century as the City’s main industrial centre and a significant residential area.  

W.H. Birkenshaw Residence (1908) 621 13 AV SW
(Re-evaluation – City-Wide Historic Resource).  This well-known resource is associated with its first owner, W.H. Birkenshaw, who was a prominent business person, civic promoter and community leader.  It is also associated with O.S. Chapin, an American-born business person who established one of Calgary’s first auto dealerships.  It is one of few remaining examples of Edwardian Classical style found in prominent houses of this time and is one of few remainders of the group of homes in the area which once housed Calgary’s elite.

Calgary Public Library: Discover Land Surveying History at the Library

“Making Their Mark”, a centennial exhibition of 100 years of land surveying in Alberta, is a special exhibit that will take place from May 12–June 16 at the Central Library.
The historical exhibit of land surveying artifacts and an interactive re-creation of an early surveying camp shows the remarkable contribution the land surveying profession has made to the province.
The “Making Their Mark” exhibit shows how Alberta developed by highlighting the stories of the men and women who measured and created the boundaries of land parcels in the province. Without boundaries, land ownership could not be established. Early surveyors were often the first people to see much of early Alberta as they laid out the homesteads and the early urban settlements.
Today’s land surveyors still measure and create boundaries but their activities are far more diverse, especially in the work they do creating boundaries for the energy industry. Also, like other professionals, land surveyors use highly sophisticated equipment—a far cry from the artifacts displayed in the exhibit.
This special exhibition was launched by a showing at the Alberta Legislature. Over the next two years, the exhibition will travel throughout Alberta appearing at museums and other public venues.

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
The Calgary Foundation is hosting Jane's Walk again this year. Checkout The Calgary Foundation website for more information as well as Jane's Walk.

Jane's Walks in Calgary

There are a number of Jane's Walks taking place May 6-8. A sampling of the heritage walks are below. Make sure and check them out!

Mission: History Through the Built Environment

Rouleauville Square, Intersection of 17 Ave SW and 1st St SW
Led By Ori Abara
May 8, 2016 at 3:00 PM, 1 Hour
Join the Calgary Heritage Initiative on a walking tour of the Mission neighbourhood! Mission has an interesting past, beginning as the setting of a Catholic Mission in what used to be the Village of Rouleauville. Mission is often combined with Cliff Bungalow, however, this walk will focus specifically on the district east of 4th Street. The walk will take you on a tour of some of Mission's most notable buildings and spaces.

Planning and Growing East Village: What if Jane Jacobs were watching?

East Village Experience Centre, 553 Riverfront Ave SE 
Led By Terry MacKenzie
May 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM, 1.5 Hours

Take on the perspective of a new East Village resident, one who is also linked into the growth. Then imagine what Jane Jacobs might see and appreciate. Join our conversation around what is valued at the neighbourhood's present stage and what will be in its emerging features. What might Jane Jacobs see that will make this regenerated area vibrant, safe, and community- oriented for its residents? A great walk for community members and anyone curious about this newest-oldest village in Calgary.

Heritage, History & Heroes in Ramsay

Rosso Coffee Roasters, 803 - 24 Ave SE 
Led By Brenda Harll
May 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM, 2 Hours

Ramsay is one of the two oldest neighbourhoods in Calgary. Dating from the turn of the century, Ramsay's village charm, heritage homes and unique character brings you back to bygone days when life was much simpler and your neighbours were not only friends, but part of your family. Come experience the historic place we call home! Imagine walking through time and learning about the historical aspects of the land, amazing people who live here, and the unique architecture that makes Ramsay such a special place and well kept secret. Starting from the time of the Bison, Brenda will bring history alive with more than 40 special places of interest and acquaint you with the amazing history that was once a few small villages in Calgary. You won't want to miss this Jane's Walk!!

Hot Mixed Lime Mortars

WHEN Saturday, 14 May 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WHERE Memorial Park Library - 1221 2 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0W5
COST $100

This event is suitable for contractors, professionals, and anyone with an interest in the repair and conservation of historic masonry with traditional materials.

Hot mixed lime mortars are prepared by adding measured amounts of quicklime, aggregate and water and mixing together to form a mortar.  The quicklime reacts with the water, generating heat, and if enough water is added simultaneously binds with the aggregate to form a mortar mix that is ‘hot’ from the reaction.

As a movement for change in the UK hot mixing has become seemingly unstoppable, with York Minster, Canterbury Cathedral, and Durham Cathedral now using hot mixes, along with a myriad of masons and conservators across the country.

Part 1 - Seminar will include a presentation and discussion of:
  • Limes, their use historically in the UK and in Canada, and the latest research findings in the field
  • The ongoing evolution of the ‘lime revival’ in the UK, and the debate regarding historic precedents
  • The recent resurgence in the use of hot mixed lime mortars, and the potential of hot mixing technology in the UK and, increasingly in Europe
Part 2 - Workshop will include a live demonstration of the hot mixing process, and an opportunity for a technical Q&A session with the presenters. Western Canadian examples of lime use in traditional earth and masonry structures will be discussed, along with the applicability of compatible hot mixed mortars for modern masonry conservation in Canada.

The seminar and workshop sessions will be presented by stonemason and building conservator Nigel Copsey of the UK-based Earth Stone and Lime Company, with archaeologist and building conservator Ben Gourley of Macdonald & Lawrence Heritage. Nigel is booked to provide similar sessions in 2016 at Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster, and Lincoln Cathedral.  This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Places are limited and will be available on a first come first served basis.  For more information please phone (403) 689-7833 or email:

Chinook Historical Society Presents: David Thompson's Journey by Emerson Sanford

Tuesday, May 24th 7:30 PM
Free Program
Burnswest Theatre, Fort Calgary, 750 9th Avenue SE
In the fall of 1810 David Thompson established the fur trade route over Athabasca Pass which was used regularly for the next 50 years. Why would Thompson attempt such a hazardous journey to a remote area under very unfavourable conditions? How did he know that there was a pass that would take him across the Rockies? This talk will present a plausible argument put forth by Professor Arthur Morton in the first quarter of the twentieth century as to why Thompson undertook this journey under such demanding conditions and how he knew that there was a pass there for him to cross.