Heritage Happenings  
Spring 2022

Greetings, Heritage Advocates! 

CHI's Virtual AGM for the years ending December 31st, 2020 and 2021 will be held on Monday April 25, 2022 at 7:30 PM. 

Chris Edwards, CHI president will be presenting Calgary's most endangered heritage resources. 

Stay tuned for the member package and log-in details.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another member to the CHI board of Directors please email Currently we are recruiting for Secretary and Members at Large. 

To be eligible to vote at the AGM, you must renew your membership by April 18! If you are unsure of your membership status, please email

We look forward to seeing you!

April 2022
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You can help preserve Calgary's heritage simply by becoming a member for only $10/year! You will be supporting CHI's advocacy and awareness activities and events. Your membership entitles you to a vote at CHI's AGM

For the ambitious, there are a number of ways to engage or volunteer and there are no prerequisites for membership. Memberships are valid from Jan 1 to Dec 31.

Visit CHI's membership page to start or renew!
What's Up With The Inglewood Brewery?
CivicWorks, an urban planning and design consultancy, is hosting Digital Information Sessions via ZOOM on...

Thursday, March 10 – 7:00 - 8:30pm or
Tuesday, March 15 – 7:00 - 8:30pm present the proposed comprehensive Land Use Redesignation & Outline Plan for the brewery site, answer questions and obtain public feedback on the application.

Attendance is limited to 40 per session to ensure ample time to capture participants’ feedback and to address questions. Additional sessions may be added. Information provided at each session will be the same.

Register at Eventbrite
CHI has been advocating for the protection and adaptive reuse of this landmark site for years. The Calgary Brewing and Malting Company introduced barley growing to Alberta. In 1910, it became the first commercial user of natural gas in Western Canada, providing impetus to the infant petroleum industry. The buildings, dating from 1892 forward, provide an excellent chronology of the development of industrial building design. The site has the largest number of sandstone buildings outside of Stephen Avenue. The extensive grounds include lawns, gardens and mature vegetation. One only has to look East to Toronto’s Distillery District to see an outstanding example of a similar industrial site turned into an award winning mixed use district which retained every building either in its entirety or significant portions of their structures.
Do You Love this Historic House in the Downtown West End?
Located at 1040 5th Ave SW, this is one of only four single-family houses remaining in the Downtown West End, providing a tangible reminder of its history as a community of single-family homes.

This charming property is a fine example of an Arts & Crafts house in an English cottage style, retaining a high degree of exterior integrity. Adjacent to Bowforth Park, it is a community landmark, providing a visual oasis amid the surrounding high-rises.

The last private owner—Llyn Stelau, who used the home as his jewerly workshop and studio—was a careful steward of the house, and left it in good condition. Mr. Strelau sold it to the City of Calgary in 2016 with the understanding that it might be used as a community amenity. But it has been left vacant, and its future is now uncertain, despite being added to the City of Calgary Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources in 2021.

There are many good options for re-use that would enhance this high density neighbourhood! Coffee shop…Retail store…Daycare…Raft rental facility…Art/music studio…Wellness spa…Non-profit offices?

Please let City Councillor Terry Wong know that you would like to see this house retained and put to good use. Email:

To learn more about this site, click here.
1040 5th Ave SW ca. 1947, provided by previous owners
Advocate for Federal Heritage Supports

Urge the Federal Government to...

1. Financially incentivize the conservation of heritage buildings in Canada; and
2. Establish a tax credit for the conservation of buildings listed on the Canadian Register of Historic 

Learn more and sign here...
The petition is open until May 21, 2022, at 3:15 p.m. (EDT)
The Value of Calgary's Commercial Heritage Areas

Hot off the press....The City's Heritage Planning group has just released The Phase 1 Report describing the economic, environmental and social value of Calgary’s Heritage Commercial Areas. The analysis is based on 4 commercial areas around parts of Stephen Avenue, Kensington, Beltline/Victoria Park and Inglewood/Ramsay, as compared to 4 non-heritage commercial areas. "Heritage areas display a significant monetized value, with the aggregate triple bottom line value of all four areas is more than $900M."

This information will help build the case for incentives and programs to conserve commercial heritage. To view the report, go to the City's  Heritage Conservation Incentives and Programs page. 
Local Area Planning

The Riley Communities Local Area Planning process is getting underway. This project includes the communities of: Sunnyside, Hillhurst, West Hillhurst and Hounsfield Heights - Briar Hill. Watch for engagement opportunities at 
Riley Communities Local Area Planning | Engage (


The North Hill Communities Local Area Plan (Capitol Hill, Crescent Heights, Highland Park, Mount Pleasant, Renfrew, Rosedale, Thorncliffe-Greenview (south of McKnight Blvd), Tuxedo Park, Winston Heights-Mountview and Greenview Industrial) was approved last year. CHI President, Chris Edwards and a resident of Mount Pleasant is participating in a committee tasked with applying heritage tools and incentives to the plan area. 
A Salute to Public Health

As we mark the end of a second pandemic year on March 11, let’s salute the evolution of public health that has served our citizens throughout the last century.   

It all began with Ontario born Dr. Cecil Stanley Mahood, not yet 30 years old, who opened a medical practice in our burgeoning city in 1911. This Ontario farm boy was educated in Toronto and Chicago, had worked at the Denver public health department, and was superintendent at a London, Ont. sanatorium. The young doctor was soon appointed Calgary’s medical health officer. Little did he know the role he would play in pioneering public health here.

Spanish influenza hit Calgary on October 2, 1918, when a contingent of local WW1 soldiers arrived at the Canadian Pacific Railway Station, where the Calgary Tower now stands.  Mahood had been warned of their return and was aware that a virulent flu was sweeping North America. He immediately quarantined the soldiers at an isolation hospital, the ruins of which can still be seen on the Stampede Grounds. Other infected travelers soon arrived. Thanksgiving gatherings and armistice celebrations were spreader events.  Lacking the proper authority, Mahood faced challenges in enforcing home quarantines, opening more isolation hospitals, closing schools and theatres, and ordering the public to wear masks.  Although the provincial government supported his actions, business interests and churches applied pressure to relax some restrictions just as another wave hit in December of 1918.  The Spanish flu eventually killed more people worldwide, including Mahood’s own wife Ina, than were killed during WW1.  

Visit the ghosts of those first quarantined soldiers and explore the Rundle Ruins at 632 13 Ave SE. The Calgary General Hospital #2 was constructed in the 1890s of locally quarried sandstone. It had five private wards, a signal bell system, electric lights, one telephone, and a nurses' training school. When Calgary General Hospital #3 opened in Bridgeland in 1910, #2 was converted to an isolation hospital. Between 1954 and 1971 the United Church operated it as a seniors’ home called Rundle Lodge. It was demolished in 1973, and the remains were dedicated by Premier Peter Lougheed.

Doctor C. S. Mahood and nurses, Calgary, Alberta. (ca. 1936), (CU197740) Courtesy of Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections University of Calgary (na-2361-8)

Rundle Lodge, formerly Isolation hospital ca. 1940s (Glenbow PA-3538-26)

About the Calgary Heritage Initiative Society
The Calgary Heritage Initiative Society (CHI) advocates to preserve and promote the productive use of buildings and areas of historic significance.  CHI is a city-wide, membership-based volunteer heritage advocacy group, founded in 2005. We are volunteers who love heritage and want to share that with fellow Calgarians and future generations.

Further information about CHI and our activities is available on our website at It has many great features like Fact Sheets about our most watched buildings at risk of demolition, heritage issues, resources and upcoming events. Don’t forget to join us on social media for all of our latest updates and timely conversations.
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