May 2018 Newsletter

Applications close this Thursday! Submit an application for the Lion Awards now!

The 2018 Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Awards are coming up, and we want to see your projects!

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. Heritage in Calgary is represented from the downtown core to surrounding communities. Maintaining a link to our past, and understanding those links, ensures we have complete communities in the future.
There are five award categories:
Do you know of a project, person or group that is deserving of recognition? Please review the full application instructions and submit your application by MAY 3, 2018. To apply, please visit: 

The 2018 CHA Lion Awards will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Palace Theatre. Get your tickets now!

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 March and approved by the CHA at the April board meeting.
Bates Electric Welding (1919) – 1453 17 AV SE (Alyth/Bonnybrook)
Re-evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource (CWHR)
The Bates Electric Welding building, built in 1919, is valued for its contribution to the development of an industrial district north of the CPR’s marshaling yard at the boundary of Calgary’s earliest community of Inglewood (Activity Value – City Wide Significance). The Bates Electric Welding building is further valued as a rare and intact example of industrial vernacular architecture in Calgary built during the late-Edwardian period which has evolved to meet the needs of its use (Style Value – City Wide Significance).
Colgrove Apartments (1912) – 129 15 AV SE (Beltline)
Re-evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource (CWHR)
Robert Joseph Colgrove established the Colgrove Land Company with his brother to design, build and sell residential properties in the Beltline, Lower Mount Royal, Cliff Bungalow and Bridgeland. He was creative and instrumental in establishing much needed upper middle-class rental accommodations in Calgary at the time. (Person Value, City Wide Significance) The building is an eclectic mix of Gothic Revival and Italianate architectural styles. The combined elements of symmetry, prominent corner flanking towers, open verandahs on each floor, parapet crenellations and detailed upper cornice provides unique architectural value (Style Value, Community Significance) The Colgrove Apartments have symbolic value as one of only a few larger scale apartments built in the 1906-1914 boom era for upper middle class tenants. Prominently and centrally located in the community it ensured a vibrant livable neighbourhood within the Beltline. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance)
Dome Building (1958) – 706 7 AV SW (Downtown Commercial Core) 
Re-evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource (CWHR)
The Dome Building, completed in 1958, with a six-storey addition from circa 1980, is highly significant as a well-preserved and refined example of an International-style commercial office building in downtown Calgary (Style Value – City Wide Significance). The Dome Building also has symbolic value as a well-preserved icon of the unprecedented development of petroleum-based office towers in downtown Calgary’s west end as a result of the oil and gas boom after the 1947 Leduc oil strike (Symbolic Value – City Wide Significance). The Dome Building also has person value as a symbol of the immensely successful and audacious founder and owner of Dome Petroleum Ltd., J.P. ‘Jack’ Gallagher (Person Value – City Wide Significance).
Electric Substation #14 (1961) – 3825 66 ST NW (Bowness)
Evaluated as a Community Historic Resource (CHR)
The structure is a well-preserved example of modernist architecture in Calgary, and the only example in Bowness featuring a folded roofline over clerestory windows giving the illusion of a floating roof. (Style Value, City Wide Significance and Community Significance) The structure is a rare example of a contemporary form that unlike other structures in the same style, has been constructed using more traditional materials such as wood instead of concrete. (Construction Value, City Wide Significance) The electric substation is a physical reminder of the period of annexation in the Calgary-area, beginning in the late 1950’s, caused in part by periphery town residents demanding the same access, cost, and quality of services as residents of the Calgary urban core. (Symbolic value, City Wide Significance)
Williams Block (1926) – 1415 4 ST AV SW (Beltline)
Re-evaluated as a Community Historic Resource (CHR)
The Williams Block is significant as the first independently owned, Calgary designer shop for ladies tailored suits and ready-to-wear. The original retail and tailor use was sustained in the building until the late 1990’s. (Activity Value, Community Significance) Robert Harold Williams (1880 – 1956) was an expert ladies tailor who had made clothing for the queen, wife of Edward VII in England. (Person Value, Community Significance) The Williams Block was typical of a small-scale purpose-built Edwardian Commercial style in the city at the time. The rectangular, flat and straight line brick walls of the building were enhanced by designing a corner entrance to the building to wrap the commercial storefront. (Style Value, Community Significance) The Williams Block has symbolic value for the small business use with residential above which fulfilled the needs of the local residents and at the time a city-wide need for designer ladies wear. The building was part of initially establishing a retail area of services along 4 ST SW. (Symbolic Value, Community Significance)

Calgary Herald: Nelson: Calgary risks pricing everything, but valuing nothing

Villagers in Ville-sur-Haine, Belgium, didn’t receive a single cent in exchange for the name chosen for their new footbridge back in 1991.

It didn’t matter. Sometimes, debts are repaid in a currency more precious than banknotes. Which is why the crossing over the Canal du Centre bears the name George Price.

Price, a young man from Moose Jaw, joined the Saskatchewan North West Regiment in October 1917. He would die in that Belgian village a year later — on Nov. 11, 1918, to be precise.

That day was an auspicious one, marking the end of the First World War. Sadly for Price, that end came two minutes too late, as he was shot by a German sniper and thereby became the last Canadian soldier to die in that bloody conflict.

Price heard earlier that day the war would end at 11 a.m. Yet he and some fellow Canucks still tried to silence enemy machine-guns despite the looming armistice.

They succeeded, but moments later, at 10:58 a.m., Price took a bullet to the chest from a sniper. He died despite the efforts of a young Belgian nurse who rushed to his aid as he lay bleeding in the street.

But he was not forgotten. When that same village erected a new footbridge 73 years later, a plebiscite was held to decide its name. On Nov. 11, 1991, it was officially opened as Passerelle George Price.

It’s fortunate Price didn’t die in Calgary. Heck, unless his family had struck it rich and were willing to dig deep and hand city council a big, fat cheque, he might be forgotten in a heartbeat.

Increasingly these days, it seems to be, “Roll up, roll up. Give us the cash and we’ll name some water treatment plant after you or maybe a favourite bus stop.”

Hey, if you pay enough, maybe we’ll do away with some historical name, one that actually meant something in Calgary’s development, and replace it with your own. How about Walmart Way instead of Macleod Trail? After all, the old duffer’s long gone and all he did was found the city.

Coun. Sean Chu thinks this “any name for a buck” is a swell idea, as we can still honour folk with a plaque while we rake in big bucks naming the place itself.

“Why not name everything. You want to put your name on a street? Well, if you pay enough, you should be able to do it,” is his view.

Well, there’s plenty of saleable stuff knocking about. A future shopping list to be hawked around to those with deep pockets could include renaming rights to Max Bell Centre, Ralph Klein Park, Deerfoot Trail, John Laurie Boulevard and Crowchild Trail, if the city and other governments jump aboard.

We set a precedent renaming the Lindsay Park Sports Centre many years ago, and so the recent stripping of the name Alexander Calhoun from a city library and replacing it with a donor’s is just another step along that path.

Now we’re considering hiring consultants to look at putting a city policy in place for renaming recreation facilities.

Well, here’s some free advice for governments at all levels: if it’s some new building, or cancer ward that a grateful survivor wants to back with big bucks and get his or her name put up in lights, then let ‘er rip. We could do with the cash and the facility.

But if it means stripping away part of our heritage because we haven’t the political guts to cut spending or jack up taxes, then think again.

Or, do we really want to rename the Pattison Bridge? All that George Pattison did was single-handedly storm an enemy machine-gun post and save countless of his fellow Canadians at Vimy Ridge. He died soon afterward and was awarded the Victoria Cross.

A proud, young city later named the bridge over the Elbow River after the local hero. Of course, back then, Calgarians, like those folk in today’s Ville-sur-Haine, understood that true value often has little to do with money.

Chris Nelson is a Calgary writer.

CHA Jane's Walk: Sidewalk Stamps Tour of Bridgeland-Riverside

Saturday May 3rd at 1:30pm
Meeting Place: 4 Ave NE and 6 St NE - NE corner

Sidewalk stamps can be found throughout Calgary, dating from the early 19th century all the way to present day. The stamps typically have the date of when the sidewalk was poured and the name of the contractor who completed the work.

The first mention of concrete sidewalks in Calgary city council minutes appears in July 1900, when the City Engineer was instructed by the Public Works committee to put in a test section of “granolithic” concrete, a high-grade type that has granite chips embedded in the surface instead of sand and pea gravel. Late in 1902, council received a letter from W.R. Hull requesting that he be allowed to pour a section of concrete sidewalk on Stephen Avenue and First Street West in conjunction with construction of his building on that corner (the Alberta Block). The sidewalk was completed late in 1902, and in early 1903, the city paid 50% of the $314.54 cost. The contractor wasn’t named. In May 1903, city council discussed sidewalk specs for Centre Street, 1st Street East, 1st Street West, Atlantic (9th) and Stephen (8th) Avenues; by August the first such by-law (#513) was passed to facilitate the borrowing of $28,000 to cover the cost of having sidewalks on those streets completed. A local contractor by the name of George Irish tendered successfully for this work, which doesn’t appear to have commenced until the spring of 1904.

Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 1:30PM
Quadrant: NE
Meeting Place: 4 Ave NE and 6 St NE - NE corner
Finish Point: McDougall Rd & 6A ST NE
Walk Duration: 1.5
Areas of Interest: History, Economy
Led By: Josh Traptow
Look for: We will be wearing CHA t-shirts
Inner City: Yes

CHI's Launches New Fundraiser!

Montreal artist with Alberta roots, Raymond Biesinger, has generously partnered with CHI to offer his new Art Print: 19 Lost Buildings of Calgary to our heritage community.
$40.00 each.  Ordering through CHI saves you the GST!  
50% of the sale price goes to CHI to help offset the costs of our operations. 
Prints are 17x22", archival quality and signed on the back. 
Visit CHI Art Print Fundraiser for details and other ordering options. 

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
Jane's Walk May 4-5-6, 2018
JOIN a Jane’s Walk. It’s a purposeful walk – a chance to see your community through fresh eyes – where you learn something new and share your ideas for how to create more vibrant neighbourhoods.
Read about the free walking tours being offered this year at
And why not volunteer to lead a Jane’s walk this year? Jane Jacobs was passionate about community and city life. If you are too, why not design and lead a walk through your favourite part of Calgary? Make 2018 your year to lead the walking conversation.
Julie Black
Calgary Foundation

CHI’s Jane’s Walks Calgary: Finding Nimmons: Past, Present and Future

Sunday May 6th, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 PM Rain or ShineStarting point: Nimmons Residence at 1827 14 Street SW
Once upon a time, Williams Nimmons built a magnificent two-storey, red brick and sandstone ranch house, which today is a Bankview icon, for his beloved wife, Isabella. He perfectly placed the house so Isabella would had great view of the sweeping prairie and the village of Calgary.
Join Calgary Heritage Initiative Director, Lindae Stokes, Bankview Community Association President, Nathan Berko, and Ward 8 Councillor Evan Woolley. Learn about the past, present and future for the Nimmons residence from three different perspectives and why we should care about the nuances of the municipal historic resource designation of the home.

Calgary Public Library Events

Game-Changing Books: The Bathroom
Alexander Kira’s The Bathroom (1976) offered the first in-depth research into an interior space once thought to be too private to study. Led by Natalie Badenduck, Mount Royal University.
Sunday May 6 Fish Creek 2 – 3:30 pm
Game-Changing Books: A Letter Concerning Toleration
John Locke’s A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689) heralded a shift in Western thought towards a vision of a secular society with human rights based in law. Led by Dr. Davis Clemis, Mount Royal University.
Sunday June 3 Fish Creek 2 – 3:30 pm
The Calgary Regiment in Italy 1943 – 1944
Join military historian Stéphane Guevremont as he presents a multimedia interpretation of the 14th Canadian Armoured Regiment during the Italian Campaign in World War II.
Th May 17 7 – 9 pm
D-Day: The Canadians at Normandy Part 1
Join military historian Stéphane Guevremont as he presents a multimedia interpretation of this famous battle, focusing on the landing phase.
Tu Jun 26 7 – 9 pm
D-Day: The Canadians at Normandy Part 2
Join military historian Stéphane Guevremont as he presents a multimedia interpretation of the Battle of Normandy, highlighting Canada's critical contribution.
Th Jun 28 7- 9 pm

Thomas Wellington Chalmers: NWMP Inspector, Surveyor, and Boer War Hero

Event Date: Tuesday, May 22
Event Start Time: 7:00pm
Event End Time: 8:30pm
Ticket Cost: FREE
Venue: Fort Calgary, Officers’ Mess, 750-9th Avenue SE
Event Description: Thomas Chalmers is one of the three NWMP Officers shown in Fort Macleod in 1886, in a large photograph hanging in the Officer’s Mess in Fort Calgary. After leaving the Mounties, he went on to lay out the “Chalmers Trail,” which gave eager prospectors access to the Klondike via Edmonton. He later died a hero’s death in the Boer War, leaving behind his story and a tantalizing mystery, as told by his great-niece, librarian and local historian Barbara Brydges
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