July 2016 CHA Newsletter
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Hi Heritage Friends,

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You can also find all of our past newsletters here.

The Lions!

Tickets to the Lion Awards are going fast! We are very pleased that some special guests will be joining us including guest speaker Calgary Historian Harry Sanders, Mayor Nenshi and the Minister of Culture & Tourism Ricardo Miranda!

We are delighted that the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta the Hon. Lois Mitchell will also be joining us.

Get your tickets today before they are all gone! 
Get your tickets here.

The CHA had a very distinguished jury adjudicate the Lion Awards this year, thanks to the following individuals who volunteered their time! We could not have done it without you.
  • Janet Hutchinson, Calgary Public Library Board
  • Gloria Wilikson, Community Member
  • Alida Visbach, Heritage Park
  • Sara Gruetzner, Fort Calgary
  • Charron Ungar, Avi Urban
  • Reid Henry, cSPACE
  • Kirstin Evenden, Lougheed House
  • Nigel Strive, U of C
  • Nikolas Marsall-Moritz, CHA

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 and approved by the CHA at its June board meeting.
North Hill Presbyterian Church (1929) 1317 1 Street NW – Community Historic Resource
North Hill Presbyterian Church has been a community institution serving a wide geographical area, home of a large congregation dating from 1914 in addition to many church and secular community groups. It is a prominent and imposing building of a distinct architectural style prominently located on a corner parcel amongst low-density residential dwellings. The 1929 Gothic Revival-style portion of the church is architecturally distinctive in the community. While understated and modest in finish, the building’s quality, red brick construction and stylistic character makes it a singular example of its type in the community.
Elsworth (Gosnik) Residence (1912) 503 10 Street SW – Community Historic Resource
The Elsworth (Gosnik) Residence is one of only four remaining single-family houses in the Downtown West End, providing a rare, tangible reminder of the area’s original character as a community of modest single-family houses for middle-class residents. It is a vernacular Queen Anne Revival–style dwelling. Once a prevalent type in this area and throughout the city, this is the only remaining one in the neighbourhood. Its brick exterior, unusual in the neighbourhood, added refinement and quality to this common building type.

Chinook Country Historical Society (CCHS) is pleased to present the 26th annual Historic Calgary Week.

Join us as we celebrate the rich history, culture and community of Calgary and area with more than 60 events over 11 days - Friday, July 22 to Monday, August 1.   
Enjoy neighbourhood concerts, walks, talks, and explore museums, heritage buildings, cemeteries, parks, libraries and archives.
As we celebrate learning, come discover the leaders and visionaries who contributed to the dynamic history of Calgary. Join us as we honour a partner in learning, the Calgary Public Library, and Annie Davidson, who was instrumental in the creation and funding of the city’s first library. Based on our recent publication, In The Footsteps of Giants, we present a special program to introduce new Canadians to our history.
All events are open to the public and are free of charge with one exception. Donations are gratefully appreciated.
Complete the historical crossword puzzle in the Calgary Herald and discover Calgary’s historical treasures during the "History Hunt" challenge.
For full program details, please visit the Chinook Country Historical Society website at or the CCHS Facebook page.

Heritage Carpentry Offered at Olds College

Olds College and Algonquin College, Perth Campus, Perth, Ontario are joining forces to deliver two one-week heritage carpentry courses this August.  If you have some trim carpentry experience, or have worked in a woodworking shop/environment before and have an appreciation for heritage then these courses are for you.  
Algonquin College, Perth Campus, in Perth, Ontario is home to a number of college programs but it is also home to the Heritage Institute with programs designed and delivered by experts in old world craft.  These courses emphasize a tradesperson’s role as a producer rather than an installer of building products. 
So consider these courses to help develop your mindset to honour sustainability in all respects (social, cultural, environmental and economic).  Develop your skill-set to set you apart in the challenging field of custom and heritage conservation, preservation and restoration. Authenticity and craft can be your calling card.

City of Edmonton pushes to save historic Iron Works building

"The city is aggressively working to spare an historic property downtown from a date with the wrecking ball.

Councillors voted in favour of a notice to designate the former Edmonton Iron Works building on 96 Street near 104 Avenue as a historic property last week, even though the owner wants to tear the building down.

Typically, the city has only placed historic designations on properties with the owner’s co-operation, but Edmonton's chief planner, Peter Ohm, said that stance is changing."

Heritage and laneway homes step towards saving history

"As the city moves towards densification, homeowners grapple with the financial benefit of tearing down history to help.

But Calgary’s Heritage Initiative Society sees opportunities in some communities to appease the City of Calgary’s plans for densification while saving some of the city’s historic resources.

“The key is that anytime a property is zoned for higher than the building on the site there’s some financial incentive to demolish and recoup that money,” said Chris Edwards, vice president and co-founder of the Calgary Heritage Initiative Society. “In Hillhurst, you can achieve all the density you need with a laneway house, and preserve that heritage.”"

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

Lougheed House 125th Anniversary Party
July 23rd, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Lougheed House

Put on your best frock or bow tie and party like its 1891! Lougheed House is celebrating its 125th Anniversary and you’re invited. Enjoy iced tea in the Gardens, along with free tours, crafts, community booths, historical talks and performances by the Calgary Wind Symphony, the Calgary Opera, Lynn Olagundoye and Lucky Sonne. World Champion Fancy Dancer Craig First Rider performs at noon and local comedians will tickle your funny bone during the afternoon. Host Matt Masters, a local musician and community organizer, will guide you through the eclectic mix of entertainment and activities.

View our summer exhibit, Something Old, Something New: 125 Years of Wedding Fashion, featuring  gowns and numerous wedding accessories from diverse cultural and historical traditions! See examples of how people went down the aisle in style from the 1880s to contemporary times.

Try a signature cocktail or beverage at the Speakeasy Lounge or indulge in culinary delights from The Restaurant at Lougheed House.

You’re only 125 years old once, so don’t miss out!

125th Lougheed House Anniversary Garden Tour
July 29th, 2016, 7:00 p.m. - Lougheed House

Take a free tour of the Lougheed House Gardens with Head Gardener Marie as she shows off her 125thAnniversary Design. Learn the creative process that goes into designs for the Gardens each year. Every bed is created with intricate details in mind.

No RSVP required.

For more information, contact Adrienne Leicht at or call 403-244-6333 ext. 106.