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Thursday, December 29, 2011

City adds 66 sites to heritage inventory in 2011

Heritage preservation has continued to grow, with The City of Calgary adding 66 new sites to its Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources in 2011, bringing the total number of Evaluated Historic Resources to 680 across Calgary.

“With the support of the Calgary Heritage Strategy from Council, we’ve been able to increase our inventory by 20 per cent over the past two years,” said Clint Robertson, Heritage Planner with Land Use Planning & Policy.   

“This past year’s work has focussed on identifying sites that were built between 1945 and 1975.  We’ve been able to do work in many of the mid-Twentieth century communities that have played a significant role in Calgary’s development history, but don’t always get recognized for the unique buildings that contribute to their communities’ character.”

Increased attendance and support for events like the Heritage Roundtables and Heritage Matters over the past year demonstrate that more and more Calgarians are valuing the role that heritage preservation and celebration plays in building a great city, as well as having complete communities.
Some of the unique sites added to the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources in 2011, include:
  • Mayland Heights Safeway (1963):  817 - 19 Street N.W.
  • Trend House  (1953): 730  - 47 Avenue S.W.
  • Olympic Saddledome (1983)
  • Diamond Residence (Brinkhous Jewellers) (1912):  823 - 6 Avenue S.W.
  • Davis Residence  (Hop n’Brew Pub) (1905):  213 - 12 Avenue S.W.
  • Louise - Hillhurst Bridge (1921)
  • 26 Boulevards / Medians  with historic  trees / plantings (1910s – 1940s)
Calgary’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP), the long term vision for how Calgary will grow over the next 60 years, supports historic preservation as part of good city building and community identity. Heritage aspects of communities help to build a sense of identity and pride in communities.

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