November 2018 CHA Newsletter

New CHA Board Members

At the 2018 City Council Organizational Meeting on Oct 22nd Council appointed four new directors to the board of the CHA:
  • David Morrison
  • Volker Mendritzki
  • Sasha Tsenkova
  • Laura Shutiak
The CHA would like to express of sincere thanks and gratitude to the following past directors for their service to the CHA and heritage community:
  • Sean Smith
  • Erika Topola
  • Mike McMordie
  • Faizan Rahemtulla

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 April and approved by the CHA at the October board meeting.
Balmoral Bungalow School is a well-preserved example of a later phase of bungalow school design—a design unique to Calgary—by Calgary School Board architect William A. Branton. (Design value, City Wide Significance) This building helped to meet the educational needs of Calgary’s expanding population north of the Bow River from the 1920s to ’80s, then served later for educational uses. (Activity Value, Community Significance) Balmoral Bungalow School is in the Prairie style, a subtype of the Arts-and-Crafts style that is uncommon in Calgary. The design of the Balmoral Bungalow School is identical to the Bankview and Victoria ones also built in 1919. (Style Value, City Wide Significance)

The 1911-12 Craftsman-style Belisle Residence possesses style value as a high quality and well-preserved example of this style in the community. (Style Value, Community Significance) The Belisle Residence, with its French-Canadian builders, first owners and long-time residents, the Belisle family, who were members of Calgary’s early French-Catholic parish, is symbolic of the early francophone community in Mission. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance)

Opened as Memorial Hall in 1922, this was Calgary’s primary built commemoration of Canadians’ World War I military service and sacrifice. (Symbolic Value, City Wide Significance) It has been the long-time headquarters of Calgary’s first branch of Canada’s premier organization established to serve and advocate for veterans, and promote remembrance. (Institutional Value, City Wide Significance) This is a Classical Revival building, as seen in its restrained, symmetrical facade with mainly flat surface and limited, classically inspired ornament. The round (Roman) arches of its two-storey entranceway and its window surrounds distinguish it as a Roman-influenced subtype of the style, which is uncommon in Calgary. (Style Value, City Wide Significance) A key feature was the 1,000-seat hall—two-stories high topped by skylights—built with steel trusses to eliminate the need for pillars. (Construction Value, City Wide Significance) This building has provided space for veterans' services, for drop-in and scheduled recreational and social activities for past and current military and their families, and for community meetings and events. (Activity Value, City Wide Significance) As a long-standing, distinctive structure with prominent signage on a busy downtown avenue, this building is a city landmark. (Landmark Value, City Wide Significance)

The John Keim/Mary J. Reavley Residence is a rare example of a surviving house built on a tract of farmland in what was once the outskirts of Calgary. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance) The house is in the American Colonial Revival style, rare in this neighbourhood and the off-centre lower cross-gable and prominent chimney are more typical of the Tudor Revival style. Eclectic mixing of historical styles became common around the 1920s. (Style Value, Community Significance)
The Cross Residence is valued as a high quality, substantially intact Tudor Revival-style foursquare home by architect Philip Norman Logan. This style evolved from the English Arts & Crafts movement. (Style Value, City-wide Significance) The Cross Residence, as one of five remaining ‘Hextall homes’, possesses symbolic value for its association with developer John Hextall’s 1911 Bowness Estates, and his ambitious plans to create an upscale community set in great natural beauty. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance)

The 1913 Wallace Residence is valued as a fashionable and intact Tudor Revival-style home. (Style Value, City-wide Significance) The Wallace Residence, as one of five remaining ‘Hextall homes’, possesses symbolic value for its association with developer John Hextall’s 1911 Bowness Estates, and his ambitious plans to create an upscale community set in great natural beauty. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance) The home possesses person value for its association with its long-term owner and resident, well-known surveying pioneer JN Wallace, who surveyed much of Alberta. (Person Value, City-wide Significance)

Avenue Magazine: The History Behind the Buildings on 17th Avenue S.W.

Calgary’s 17th Avenue S.W. is on the verge of transformation. That’s quite a statement for an avenue with nearly 135 years of history, but it’s true. Arlington Street Investments (ASI), a local development firm, has assembled seven sites that it plans to develop or renovate over the next 10 or more years along the highest profile intersections. Frank Lonardelli, ASI’s founder and CEO, has said that he hopes to see 17th Avenue become as vibrant and diverse as Bloor Street in Toronto or Robson Street in Vancouver. Whatever the future holds, 17th Avenue S.W. has a past, and a retrospective of ASI’s development sites tells its story.

The avenue now known as 17th started as a line established by land surveyors. The earliest known map that identifies and names the line was published in 1884, the year Calgary incorporated as a town. The line became the boundary between the town and the Roman Catholic settlement to the south, where street names reflected residents’ religious affiliation — the settlement referred to 17th as Rue Notre Dame and there is evidence that non-Catholic Calgarians also used this name. 

From 1899 to 1907, 17th Avenue continued to serve as the boundary between the City of Calgary and the Village of Rouleauville, as the Catholic settlement had become known. Calgary absorbed Rouleauville in 1907 and the area is now known as Mission.

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

Chinook Country Historical Society Monthly Program

Little Moccasins: a Short Film and its Filmmaker

November 27th, 2018
Laurie Sommerville, Filmmaker
7pm @ New Central Library
802 3 St SE


Little Moccasins is a short film created to honour a long-forgotten group of First Nations' children buried at the now-abandoned Dunbow Indian School, near Calgary. The film shines a much-needed light on the sins of the past, while opening the door towards making amends in the future.

Calgary through the Eyes of Writers - Book Launch

December 9, 2018, 2- 4 pm
New Central Library Performance Hall
(co-sponsored by Calgary Public Library)

Come celebrate Calgary’s literary heritage at the launch of Calgary through the Eyes of Writers published by Rocky Mountain Books. Shaun Hunter’s new book tours readers and urban explorers through a place that has captivated writers since 1792. She has selected excerpts from over 150 novels, stories, poems and essays that sing the city’s human and natural terrain, plumb its past, and question its prevailing mythologies. Alongside each excerpt, Hunter presents delightful and informative connections between place and story, inviting readers to find their own trails through a complex and storied city with a timeline marking significant moments in the city’s literary history, maps and an index. 
At the launch, Hunter will talk about how she came to explore Calgary’s literary landscape and what she discovered. All are welcome.
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