Thursday, March 28, 2013

Heritage Matters: Book launch - The Concrete Centenarian

Celebrate the life and death of Calgary’s Canadian Government Elevator also known as the Ogden Grain Elevator when Calgary Heritage Authority Chair and local author Scott Jolliffe launches his book at the Memorial Park Library on April 3 at 7 p.m.

Canadian Government Elevator (Ogden Grain Elevator) in 1974: Alison Jackson Photograph Collection, AJ 1185
The elevator stood as a notable Calgary landmark for 100 years before it was torn down in 2011 but before it went, the Calgary Heritage Authority was able to photograph the structure inside and out and also document the demolition process. The result is a very intriguing book that discusses not just the structure itself but its purpose and the impact it had on the local economy and the people who worked there. Sadly, times changes and there was little that could be done to repurpose the structure for future use. Still, the elevator was an icon from Calgary’s past history.

Copies of the Concrete Centenarian will be available for purchase and since Scott will be in attendance you can probably get it signed as well. The purchase price of the book is $30 (cash or cheque only please). You can also register for the program online, in person or by calling 403-260-2620. Refreshments will be served. So, come out, chat with other heritage buffs, and celebrate this rich part of Calgary’s history!

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