Do you have a favourite old building in the Centre City that you plan to visit this week to help mark Historic Calgary Week? There's plenty happening to help showcase some of our most beloved bricks and mortar. Here's a list to help:
Old Y Historical Journey: Take a tour of the architectural gems in Calgary's Beltline neighborhood through the eyes of Calgary Heritage architect, Lorne Simpson. It's happening this Saturday, July 23rd, between 4-6 p.m. (at Old Y Building, 223 - 12th Ave. SW). The Old Y was built in 1911 by the YWCA and served as a temporary home to single women who were new to Calgary. The City of Calgary purchased the YWCA several decades later (1970) and it now serves as home for several non-profit organizations. This special architectural tour and talk is open to everyone and it's a unique way to explore your Centre City and get to know the stories behind the buildings that populate it.
(photo Old YWCA - HistoricPlaces.ca)
Chinook Country Historical Society: This organization is hosting a bunch of great events to help you uncover the history of your city. Their lengthy list of Historic Calgary Week events can be found here - some of the highlights include a walking tour of East Village, a lecture and walk through our old City Hall, a tour of Chinatown and a walk through Calgary's core to talk about some of the hotels in our city's past.
Both Historical and Modern Calgary Walking Tours put on by TARA: These ongoing free 2 hour guided walking tours which take place in downtown Calgary every Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. from May through September. To read more about TARA and the tours they put on in our Centre City, click here. And you can book a tour by calling (403) 284-3731.