This page represents just a sample of the many interesting buildings that I have seen in Calgary. A more comprehensive survey of Calgary architecture is available as part of the Calgary Modern section of the online exhibit "Views of 20th Century Canada: The Canadian Architectural Photography Digitization Project".


Churches

Bow Valley Christian Church

 

Cathederal Church of the Redeemer

This Gothic Revival style church was constructed in 1905. The architect was J. C. M. Keith of Victoria, B.C. The Church became the official Cathedral for the Anglican Diocese of Calgary in 1949.

Central United Church

Formerly Central Methodist, this church was built in 1905.

Chinese United Church

The cornerstone for this church was laid in December 1954.

Crescent Heights Baptist Church

 

Christ Church Anglican

This Church was established in 1912. The cornerstone for this buildign was laid in September 1954.

Christian Life Assembly

Eglise Saint Famille

This church was built in 1964. The architects were the firm of Cohos, Delesalle, and Associates.

First Baptist Church

This church was built in 1911-1912. It was designed by D. S. McIlroy.

Grace Presbyterian Church

This church was built in 1913. At the time, it was one of the largest churches in Western Canada. It was designed by Smith and Gemmel, noted church architects from Toronto.

Hillhurst Baptist Church

This building was built in 1907. The church closed ca. 1970, and the building was then converted into a theatre.

Hillhurst United Church

This building was built in 1913; it was formerly Hillhurst Presbyterian. The design combines a Gothic plan with half-timbering.

Holy Martyr Peter Orthodox Church

 

Holy Name (Roman Catholic) Church

The church was constructed in 1960; this front entrance is a much more recent addition.

Hope Lutheran Church

Immanuel Church

Knox United Church

This church was also completed in 1913; it was then called Knox Presbyterian. The architect was Frank J. Lawson.

Knox (Presbyterian) Church

Richmond Hill Baptist Church

Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic) Church

St. Anne's (Roman Catholic) Church

This Church was built ca. 1910.

St. Barnabas' (Anglican) Church Tower

The tower dates from ca. 1912 and it is the only part of the original structure to have survived the 1957 fire that destroyed the remainder of the building. The original architect was Leo Dowler.

St. David's United Church

This Church is located in North-West Calgary, very close to the U of C campus.

St. Demetrios (Greek Orthodox) Church

 

St. Denis (Roman Catholic) Church

This Church was built in 1963.

St. Francis of Assisi (Roman Catholic) Church

Note how very close the roof-line of this A-frame building comes to the ground. The Church was built in 1957, and the architects were J. Stevenson & Associates.

St. James (Roman Catholic) Church

St. John the Evangelist (Anglican) Church

St. Luke's (Roman Catholic) Church

This church was built in 1968.

St. Mark and St. Philip (Anglican) Church

St. Mary's (Roman Catholic) Cathedral

This building was built ca. 1957. The architect was Maxwell Bates.

St. Mary's (Romanian Orthodox) Church

St. Matthews United Church

This Church was built in 1960.

St. Patrick's (Roman Catholic) Church

This Church, located in the Midnapore district, was built in 1904. It is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Calgary and, despite its derelict condition, it has been a designated Provincial Historic Resource since 2001. It ceased to be used as an active church building in 1983.

St. Paul's (Anglican) Church

Located near Fish Creek Provincial Park, this church was erected in 1885. It remains one of the oldest churches in Calgary.

St. Stephen's (Anglican) Church

This church was constructed ca. 1951.

St. Vincent Liem (Roman Catholic) Church

This church serves Calgary's Vietnamese community.

Scarboro United Church

This church was built in 1929.

Trinity Lutheran Church

Construction of this Church was finished in 1924. It is one of the last remaining buildings of the origial Eau Claire District.

Temple B'Nai Tikvah

Built in 1961 as Riverview United Church, this building was repurposed in 2004. Riverview amalgamated with two other congregations to form the new Living Spirit United Church in 2002.

Unitarian Church of Calgary

 

Walton Hall

Originally constructed as Westbourne Baptist Church in 1910, this building has served several different congregations over the past century. Vacant since 2007, as of Summer 2015 it is slated to be refurbished and relocated as a performing arts venue on the Calgary Stampede Youth Campus.

Wesley United Church

This building was formerly the Wesley Methodist Church. It is now home to the Alberta Opera Centre.

Wild Rose United Church

This building was constructed in 1970. It was called Rosedale United Church until 2002.

Woodcliff United Church

This building was constructed ca. 1960.

Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church

The original Church was erected in 1972; the present Sanctuary was added in 1988.

Hudson's Bay Company Store

The Northern half of this building (Calgary's first department store) opened in 1911. It was expanded in 1929 (including the addition of the the arcade along the West side of the building), and again in 1957. The front facade has been somewhat altered, but not extensively so.

The arcade is my favourite part of the building!

Entrance detail
HBC Coat of Arms

Modern Buildings

Calgary Board of Education

This building was constructed ca. 1969 and it is one of the few remaining examples of the Brutalist style of architecture in Calgary.

New CIBC branch

This building has an interesting design; I love the angles.

Colours by Battisella

This building is aptly named.

Eighth Avenue Place (detail)

Fire Station No. 6

This facility opened in June 2010. It is very oddly situated in the bottom level of a condominium tower.

First Canadian Centre

The main lobby of this building has a beautiful high vaulted ceiling.

Hotel le Germain

I really like the wrap-around windows on the corners of the building.

Insignia Building

 

Jamieson Place (detail)

This decoration on the roof is reminiscent of Art Deco style.

Livingstone Place

New Law Courts Building

Petro-Fina Building

This building was built in 1959; the Art Deco-inspired decorations on the facade are a more recent addition.

Ramsey District Police Station

Sun Life Plaza

TD Canada Trust Tower

I really like the design of this structure.

Plus 15

As far as I am aware, the "Plus 15" structure is unique to Calgary. It is fun to look through the glass floor and see vehicles pass beneath.

Unidentified Building #1

 

Calgary Skyline

Historic Buildings

Brinkhaus Building

Burn Block

This building was built in 1912. The use of polychrome brick banding is unique to Calgary.

Calgary Collegiate Institute

This former school is now part of the Calgary Board of Education headquarters complex. It was originally built in 1908.

Canadian Legion, Branch No. 1

This building was constructed in 1922 to house the Great War Veteran's Association. It became the Canadian Legion in 1925.

City Hall #1

This building is a Provincial Historic Resource.

City Hall #2

Elbow Park School

This structure was built in 1926, and largely destroyed in the flood of 2013. As of June 2016, it was being reconstructed.

Fire Headquarters

Built in 1911, this building presents an excellent example of the adpative reuse of a heritage structure. This Renissance Revival style building was designed by the firm of Land and Major.

Fraser Block

This building was built in 1911 by Maxwell Fraser.

Harvey Block

This building was built in 1913. The storefront spoils the symmetry of the original facade.

Heritage Hall

This building was constructed in 1922 to house the Calgary Normal School. It is now part of the SAIT campus. The architect was Richard P. Blackley.

High School Terrace

This building dates from 1910.

Langley House

This Queen Anne style home was built between 1910 and 1912. It has been owned by Elliott & Company CMAs since 2010.

The Lorraine

This building dates from ca. 1911.

Mewata Armoury

This building was built in 1917-1918. It has been home to numerous military units including the South Alberta Light Horse and the Calgary Highlanders.

McDougall Centre

This building was built in 1906-1908 as the original home of the Calgary Normal School. It now serves as Alberta Government office space.

North-West Travellers Building

This building was built in 1913. Past tenants include the Commercial High School and the Salvation Army.

Old CIBC building

This Inglewood bank was built in 1911. The facade was restored in 1998. This building has the longest record of continuous occupancy by a bank in Calgary.

Stanley House

This building now houses an engineering firm.

Tribune Block

(detail)

Vendome Block

This building was constructed in 1912, and the historic facade was restored in 1989.

Victoria School

This building was built in 1912.

Violin Store

This building is long vacant, but I like the arched entranceway and the false-facade. The painted sign is also an interesting relic.

York Hotel (detail)

The hotel was built in 1929-1930. It was designed in the Art Deco style. This building was demolished in September 2007, but there are plans to recycle the South and West facades into a new building slated to be construced on the site. The cast-in-concrete decorative friezes (pictured) will also be included in the new structure.

Houses, Apartments, and Condos

Ambassador Building

I like the checkerboard pattern on the facade.

Anderson Estates

Brentwood Apartment Building

Briar Hill House #1

Briar Hill House #2

Britannia 800

The exterior of this building looks largely the same today was when the building opened in the 1950s.

Britannia House #1

Britannia House #2

Britannia House #3

Britannia House #4

California Manor

Capri Building

Carolina Apartments

Connaught Gardens

This Beltline condominium complex was built in 1993. It was designed by Calgary architect Jeremy Sturgess.

Crescent Heights House #1

I really like the arched windows located under the dormers.

Crescent Heights House #2

 

Crescent Heights House #3

 

Elbow Park House #1

Elbow Park House #2

I really like the entrance details.

The Elliott

Note the art-deco style signage and how the windows wrap around the corners of the building.

Hillhurst House #1

Hillhurst House #2

This is one of the few remaining pre-WW I cottages that once dominated this neighbourhood.

Inglewood House

Killarney House #1

Killarney Houses #2 & #3

This modern in-fill development stylistically clashes with the other houses in the neighbourhood.

Marda Loop House #1

Marda Loop House #2

Memorial Drive House #1

Memorial Drive House #2

I really like the use of windows here, especially in the upper story.

Monarch Apartments

Tudor Revival-style apartment Building

 

Northland House

I really like the details around the front entrance.

Parkhill House #1

 

Parkhill House #2

 

Riverside Condo Building

I just love this building, especially how the upper stories are reminiscent of a European mountain chateau.

Rosscarrock House #1

Rosscarrock House #2

Duplexes are very common in this neighbourhood.

Rosscarrock House #3

In contrast, brick houses are rather rare.

Rosscarrock House #4

I like the symmetry, and especially the arched garage door openings.

Sarcee Road House

 

Scarboro House #1

This house probably dates from the late-1920s.

Scarboro House #2

Southland House

A colleague, who contributed the photo, really likes the Japanese-inspired details on the this house.

Spruce Cliff Houses #1 & #2

This is another example of in-fill development in an older neighbourhood.

Sunalta House

Trend House

The Calgary Trend House was built in 1954. It was designed to showcase contemporary building technologies and British Columbia wood products. The architect was Peter Rule, of the firm Rule, Wynn, and Rule.

Varsity House #1

Varsity House #2

Note the interesting woodworking details on the shutters, and the balcony over the front entrance.

Victoria Park Apartment Building

This building was built in 1912.

Victoria Park House

Wildwood House #1

Wildwood House #2

Norwood Apartments

Beltline Apartment Building

Dana Apartments

This is a typical 1960s vintage apartment building.

Rosscarrock Apartment Building

It is hard to see from the photo, but this 17th Ave. SW apartment building is slanted "backwards"; each floor is set back from the floor below it for an interesting design.

Ramsey Heights

This building is similar, in that each floor is set-back from the floor below.

Sunnyside Condo building

This is yet another example of the same general design.

Lower Mount Royal Condos

Other Buildings

ATB Building

This building was built in 1996. It is intended to blend in with the more historic buildings in the immediate area. The architects were Culham Pedersen Valentine.

Black & White Store

Connaught Building (entrance detail)

I do not know what the original function of this building was, but this was obviously once an entrance.

Heagle Building

This commercial bulding has seen better days. As of Summer 2012, it is slated for demolition. I quite like the mirrored glass windows in the second story.

Store with balcony

Calgary Public Library

This colourful sculpture was created in 1974 by Calgary artist Bob Oldrich.

"Cow" House

This "Cow" coloured house located in the North-East quadrant of the city.

Crete Society building

This building reminds me of a Frank Lloyd Wright design.

Former Safeway Store

This building is now occupied by a health club, but the design of the roof-line is very distinctive.

Sunalta Plaza

Olympic Plaza

Former Video World store

I especially like the concrete "canopy" over the front entrance.

Science Building, University of Calgary

The coloured glass windows over the entrance add some interest to an otherwise utilitarian structure.

Wyckham House, Mount Royal University

 

Central United Church, Annex

Note the striking contrast in styles between the new addition and the original bulding.

Silver Sands Apartment Building

Note the interstingly-shaped roof/canopy over the front entrance.

Killarney Aquatic Centre

Eau Claire & Bow River Lumber Company office building

This building dates from ca. 1903, and it is the sole remaining structure from the original 29 acre industrial complex. It has been moved from its original location.

Eau Claire Smokestack

This brick smokestack, built in 1947, was part of the heating system for the Calgary Transit garage that ocupied the site until 1988. It is a registered Municipal Historic Resource.

Telephone Exchange Building

This building was constructed ca. 1909 to house the automatic telephone exchange. For an industrial building, there are numerous decorative features. Note especially the wonderful brick arch over the front entrance.

Alberta Government Telephones Building #1

This building in the Hillhurst area was built in 1922.

Alberta Government Telephones Building #2a

This building was built in 1928 for Alberta Government Telephones. The old AGT logo can still be seen in the sandstone plaque located above the front door.

Alberta Government Telephones Building #2b

The original purpose or function of this building is unclear. It was replaced ca. 1980 by a much larger structure located nearby. Presumably, it was converted into a residence at that time.

Former Service Station

I like poured/moulded concrete as a construction material; note especially the decorative details along the roof-line of the building.

Tuxedo Park House

This rather unusual structure lacks an obvious entrance. It is currently a private residence, but I suspect that it used to be a commercial bulding.

Biscuit Block

While the Biscuit Block got its name from being home to the Independent Biscuit Co. starting in 1926, the building was actually constructed in 1912 as a warehouse for Neilson Furniture. It was extensively rennovated and expanded in 2013 to include both commercial and residential spaces. The addition was designed by the firm of Abugov-Kasper Architecture.

Royop Block

This building is an example an adaptive re-use of an historical warehouse dating from circa-1900. Note especially the new addition on the former rooftop. This was another project from the firm of Abugov-Kasper Architecture.

Firestone Tower

This was a cooling tower for the Firestone tire factory formerly located on this site. It was in operation ca. 1960 - 1978.

Utility Building

Even small utility buildings can have some architectural merit, as in this example.

Enmax Substation

 

Spiral Ramp

Eamon's Bungalow Camp sign

This sign (and canopy) dates from ca. 1952. It represents the Art Moderne style of architecture. In Summer 2014, it was incorporated into the new Tuscany C-Train station, close to its original location in North-West Calgary.

Wildwood Plaza sign

This is very probably the original sign from when the plaza was constructed, ca. 1958.

This page is part of my Canadian Architectural Photographs collection.

Please direct all comments, suggestions, and additions to me at jhd@interbaun.com.


Last Modified: June 22, 2016