December 2015 Heritage Email
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Hi Heritage Friends,

If you have questions, events you want to share on this list, or you have friends who want to join, please email us.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

The board and staff would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season. We hope you have a happy and healthy New Year.

Eau Claire Smokestack

The Eau Claire Smokestack is back at Council on Dec 7th, back in September the CHA sent a letter to Mayor and Council urging them to not move the smokestack from its original location. The letter to mayor and council can be found here.

"The 90 foot, red brick smokestack (built in 1947), is located prominently at the intersection of 2 Ave and Barclay Parade SW. Bylaw 37M2008's statement of significance recognizes the role the smokestack has played in the history of Eau Claire and Calgary: "Together with the Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber company office, built in 1911, the smokestack recalls the successive industrial uses of the area before it's development as a shopping and entertainment district in the 1990's"."

The CHA will be attending the public hearing on Monday to again encourage Council to refuse the request to move the smokestack as it is protected as a designated historical resource.

Sites added to the Inventory of Evaluated Historical Resources

The following properties were evaluated for addition to the City’s Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources in October 2015 and were approved by CHA at its November 2015 meeting.
YWCA (1910-1911) 223-12 AV SW (re-evaluation - City-Wide Historic Resource). This well-known building has played a significant and continuous role in the provision of community services for Calgarians, both as a shelter, leisure and recreation facility operated by the YWCA, and as an office space for social agencies and community organizations since 1971. Its establishment and operation is associated with several notable women in Calgary’s history, and the building symbolizes the brisk pace of growth during Calgary’s 1909-1913 real estate boom, and the social dislocations which accompanied it.
Sevenoaks Court (1913) 1339-10 AV SW (Re-evaluation - Community Historic Resource). Sevenoaks Court provides a tangible reminder of the Inglewood’s development in the early 20th century as the city’s main industrial centre and related residential area.  It is a good example of a vernacular Tudor Revival building, a rare style in the neighbourhood with few other large Tudor Revival buildings in Calgary. As the only free-standing, fully residential apartment block built in the neighbourhood through the 1960s and the only one south of 9th Avenue, it is a notable, prominent building in this part of Inglewood. 
Triangle Park (1913) 1628 Shelbourne St SW and Scotland Street Plot (1913) – 1628 Shelbourne St SW (Evaluated as a City-Wide Historic Resources).  Both Triangle Park and Scotland Street Plot are fundamental features of the original “Sunalta Suburb” subdivision designed by John Charles Olmsted. The “Sunalta Suburb” reflects Olmsted’s typical picturesque influenced approach to suburban design, utilizing naturally-occurring landscape and topography, rejection of the grid layout, gracefully-curved, tree lined streets, generously-sized residential lots, parks and open space for residents to enjoy. 
Ranchlands Hills Parks (1976) - multiple addresses (Evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource). Ranchlands Hills Parks hold pathways and trails, community recreation facilities, and Ranchlands Park is the site of Ranchlands and St. Rita elementary schools.  As such, these lands have Activity Value as a place where community members can gather and experience native terrain and grasslands, various recreational activities and public education. The Ranchlands Hills Parks have design value as the first case in Calgary in which otherwise developable land of environmental quality in its natural state was dedicated as Municipal Reserve in a new residential neighborhood. The analysis, planning and governmental approval of such land as municipal reserves became a standard procedure between the development industry and the City of Calgary.

CBC News Calgary: Asphalt history lesson: What Deerfoot, Crowchild and Shaganappi say about Calgary

Broadway, Champs Elysee, Oxford Street or Nanjing Road: names of streets can conjure up a sense of place, history and identity.

Calgary is a new(ish) city, but its street names convey some of its history, its people. From early police officers (think Macleod Trail or Brisebois Drive), and railway barons (Stephen Avenue), to a fast aboriginal runner (Deerfoot Trail), you can learn about Calgary's past if you choose to find out what's in a name.

How we choose to name our streets says something about how we think of our city. We write our identity into the asphalt.

City hall actually has a policy about it all, but its starting point is a surprise.

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 first of each month.

The CCHS Christmas Luncheon and Silent Auction will be held on December 12, 2015 at the Danish Canadian Club. Doors open at 10:30 am. Liz Paynter and the One Accord Choir will bring their Christmas tunes to us again this year.

The silent auction will again be in support of Historic Calgary Week.

Tickets are $35 and can be obtained from Sarah @ 403-404-8717 or via email at Please note that December 4 is the deadline for purchasing tickets for this popular event.

NYE 2015 at Fort Calgary - A 1920's Speakeasy Affair

Join Fort Calgary for a 1920's Speakeasy Affair
Dec 31, 2015
7-7:45pm - Cocktails and Canapés
8-10pm - Four course Dinner
10pm - Live Swing Band

Tickets: Dinner and dance $150/person dance only $40/person

Lougheed House Christmas

November 18th – December 20th, 2015 (Included in admission to the House)

Enjoy this classic Lougheed House event! The entire House will be filled with glamorous holiday décor by the Calgary Design Group, furniture from Eisenbergs’ Fine Furniture, and Christmas trees. View the submissions to our annual Gingerbread House contest and vote for your favorite! On weekends, enjoy live entertainment and crafts. Visit Lougheed House’s Santa on Saturday, December 5th and Saturday, December 12th from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. only. Maple taffy, or maple syrup on snow, will also be available at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on December 5th and 12th.

*Encore Performance* A Special Solo Performance of A Christmas Carol by Steven Methot

December 9th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Steven Methot stages a one-man rendition of A Christmas Carol as Charles Dickens with a musical accompaniment by Natalie Manzer on the Celtic Harp. Includes one Christmas-themed cocktail. Lougheed House Members and Volunteers $9, Non Members $20. For all event information inquiries and purchases, contact Adrienne Leicht at 403 244-6333 ext. 106 or email

Wartime Beer and Bingo at Lougheed House

January 21st, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

A bingo evening unlike any other! Try your hand at bingo and enjoy local beer just like the Canadian Women’s Army Corps did in their downtime at Lougheed House. Lougheed House served as their Calgary barracks during WWII. For all event information inquiries and purchases, contact Adrienne Leicht at 403 244-6333 ext. 106 or email

Media Links

Many of you have read that Eamon's Bungalow Camp has been sold to a the River City Classics Car Club out of High River. Below are some media links for your information.

Eamon's building sold, will be moved to High River