CHA Executive Director Josh Traptow was honoured by SAIT on Sept 22nd at their Alumni Awards as an Outstanding Young Alumnus. Checkout Josh's profile here. Congratulations Josh for all that you do for the CHA and for our community!
The following properties were evaluated or re-evaluated for addition to the City’s Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources in June & August 2016 and approved by the CHA at its September 2016 Board meeting.
Webster Residence (1912) – 2103 18 ST SW (Bankview) Evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource
The Webster Residence represents the early development of Bankview as a middle-class commuter community. The Webster Residence offers a very rare—possibly the best—example of a high-style Craftsman exterior and interior in Calgary. The Webster Residence was first home to Frank R. Webster, notable hotelier who supported and worked on behalf of the Sarcee and Stoney Indigenous people and promoted the celebration of these tribes during Stampede week. The house’s siting at an angle on a large corner lot, and the rare fieldstone wall, make the property a local landmark.
Daniel McNeil Residence (1910) – 2116 5 ST SW (Cliff Bungalow) Evaluated as a Community Historic Resource
The Daniel McNeil Residence, built in 1910, represents the early development of the Cliff Bungalow neighbourhood as a community of substantial detached houses, with some duplexes and apartment blocks, geared toward middle-class/professional residents. The house provides an excellent example of a vernacular Queen Anne Revival–style dwelling, a prevalent type in the neighbourhood. The red-brick facing, unusual in the neighbourhood, added refinement and quality to this common building type. Notably, it contributes to an intact set of three nearly identical houses produced at the same time by the same builders.
N J McLaren Residence (1910) – 2118 5 ST SW (Cliff Bungalow) Evaluated as a Community Historic Resource
The N J McLaren Residence, built in 1910, represents the early development of the Cliff Bungalow neighbourhood as a community of substantial detached houses, with some duplexes and apartment blocks, geared toward middle-class / professional residents. The house provides an excellent example of a vernacular Queen Anne Revival–style dwelling, a prevalent type in the neighbourhood. The red-brick facing, unusual in the neighbourhood, added refinement and quality to this common building type. Notably, it contributes to an intact set of three nearly identical houses produced at the same time by the same builders.
Ernest S Leonard Residence (1910) – 2122 5 ST SW (Cliff Bungalow) Evaluated as a Community Historic Resource
The Ernest S Leonard Residence, built in 1910, represents the early development of the Cliff Bungalow neighbourhood as a community of substantial detached houses, with some duplexes and apartment blocks, geared toward middle-class / professional residents. The house provides an excellent example of a vernacular Queen Anne Revival–style dwelling, a prevalent type in the neighbourhood. The red-brick facing, unusual in the neighbourhood, added refinement and quality to this common building type. Notably, it contributes to an intact set of three nearly identical houses produced at the same time by the same builders.
William J Gray Residence (1911) – 424 11A ST NW (Hillhurst) Evaluated as a Community Historic Resource
The William J Gray Residence is symbolic of the earliest development of the community of Hillhurst and reflective of its original middle class population. The Gray Residence is a good example of an Edwardian Gable Front-style residence, once common in the neighbourhood of Hillhurst, featuring a large street-facing front gable with patterned wood shingles and front porch.
Tuxedo Park School (1920) – 130 28 AV NE (Tuxedo Park) Evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource
Tuxedo Park School, built in 1920, is a well-preserved example of a later phase of bungalow school design—a design unique to Calgary—by Calgary School Board architect William Branton. It is one of three extant identical bungalow schools built that year. Only eight bungalow-style public school buildings survive today. Tuxedo Park School was an educational focal point of the Tuxedo Park community, serving as an elementary school from 1920 until 2003, after which it was used for Adult English Language Learning through 2014. Tuxedo Park School is a good and unique example of Arts & Crafts architecture in the community. Tuxedo Park School is a community landmark due to its distinctive architecture, size, and prominence within an otherwise largely residential setting.
Albert C Talbot Residence (1905) – 224 13 AV SW (Beltline) Evaluated as a Community Historic Resource
The building is a substantial Queen Anne Revival vernacular style dwelling, featuring an asymmetrical façade and classic Queen Anne Revival ornamentation. The Talbot residence is one of the oldest remaining houses in the community and was once one of many grand residences on 13th Avenue. It serves as a tangible reminder of the original Victoria Park community.
Allan Residence (1950-51) – 930 Crescent RD NW (Rosedale) Evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource
It is a unique vernacular expression of both the Prairie and International styles of architecture in Rosedale. Elements influenced by the Prairie style include the house’s strong horizontal lines reinforced by bold overhanging eaves, and its long bands of windows. The International style is expressed in the structure’s flat roof, asymmetrical geometric massing, and unornamented surfaces. It features a notable three-tiered design by Rosedale resident Mildred Bocking. Photographed by Yousuf Karsh for a 1954 feature in Maclean’s magazine, the home was acclaimed as an example of Calgary’s taste and originality in home architecture, which Karsh declared was the “best in Canada.” Situated on a large double lot with commanding views of the river valley and mountains, the residence is a prominent landmark along Crescent Road. It is well known within Rosedale as “The Wedding Cake House.” It is symbolic of the return of prosperous conditions in Calgary after the Second World War, during which time the final phase of development occurred in the community of Rosedale. During the mid-twentieth century, Crescent Road continued to be a desirable residential street for members of the upper middle-class.
Borland (Craik) Residence (1905-06) – 1123 10 ST SE (Ramsay) Evaluated as a Community Historic Resource
It is a particularly dignified example of the Edwardian gable-front style of architecture that was popular in Ramsay after the turn of the twentieth century. Although minimally ornamented, the residence is distinguished by its extensive use of river stone cladding on the foundation, porch supports, and ornamental wall. It recalls the working class character of northern Ramsay during its development as one of the first residential neighbourhoods in Calgary.
East Sunnyside Grocery (1913) – 540 7 AC NW (Hillhurst/Sunnyside) Evaluated as a Community Historic Resource
It has activity value for its continuous operation, for more than one century, as a family-owned grocery store serving the daily shopping needs of area residents. With large storefront windows and a minimally ornamented red brick façade, it is representative of the small-scale Edwardian Commercial blocks built in Calgary’s outlying districts prior to the First World War; it is a rare example of the style in Sunnyside. Prominently located at a major intersection in Sunnyside, the building has a conspicuous presence on the street and is well known in the neighbourhood. As a community-oriented retail establishment integrating second storey residential suites, it recalls the early development of Sunnyside as a working-class suburban neighbourhood during the early twentieth century.
Reader Rock Garden (1914) – 325 25 AV SE & part of 3025 Spiller RD SE (Manchester Industrial) Re-Evaluated as a City Wide Historic Resource
Its connection to William Reader, Calgary’s most influential Parks Superintendent, garden designer and proponent of city beautification. Its unique design consisting of intricate gardens and pathways as well as its use of native plant varieties and local materials. Its symbolism of the early development aspirations and optimism in Calgary during the early 1900s, specifically reflecting the city beautification movement.
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.
Tuesday, October 25th 7:30 PM – Free Program
THE MILITARY MUSEUMS, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW
In partnership with the Air Force Museum of Alberta
Don Matthews, Chairman, The Air Force Museum Society of Alberta
The seven-year old Air Force Museum of Alberta is an integral part of The Military Museums in Calgary. Guided tours of the 'new' Ken and Roma Lett Cold War Exhibit will be available from 6:30 pm.
At 7:30 pm, in the Naval Museum, join Don Matthews as he relates the military aviation history of WWI, the RCAF and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in WWII, the more recent role of the RCAF during the Cold War, plus the local story of a determined initiative to create a permanent Cold War exhibit.
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.
38th Annual Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival
Calgary is hosting the 38th Annual Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival, Saturday, October 8, at the University of Calgary Theatre with two shows: 2pm and 7pm.