I realized that while Wendy had posted some great photos of Alberta, I hadn’t gotten around to them yet. Here are some photos of downtown Calgary that I grabbed after we arrived in Calgary and took the LRT downtown.
The back of the Nexen Energy Building.
You just about hear someone say, “I want no one to have any fun in this park, ever.”
Century Gardens is an urban park located in Calgary’s downtown core that was originally developed in 1975 to celebrate Calgary’s Centennial. The Devonian Group donated the park land for the creation of a place of respite within the hustle and bustle of a busy downtown. Designed and built as an artistic expression of a landscape referred to as Brutalist; the fountains and water are symbolic of the area’s mountains and rivers. The City recognizes this park and its unique features listing it in Calgary’s inventory of evaluated historic resources.
What’s interesting is that Calgary points out that the park is pretty much worn out and is at the end of it’s lifecycle so they are planning to redevelop it. Something that Saskatoon should start to do with Meewasin which is showing it’s age.
Westview Heights. A highrise building built in 1972 consisting of a parkade, commercial offices, and apartments. The apartments dominate the building, consisting of the 14th to 39th floors.
The parkade makes up the second to seventh stories of the building, while the commercial section of the building consists of floors 8 through 10 and the 40th and 41st floors. Floors 11 and 12 are mechanical floors while floor 13 (identified as "R" for "recreation") consists of recreational facilities for tenants (a swimming pool, exercise facilities, a lounge, etc.)
The building was renamed from Century Garden to Westview Heights shortly after a 2002 electrical fire.
This parkade reminded me that parking garages don’t have to be ugly. On the outside of it are reflective pieces of lightweight metal. They provide a bit of protection for the cars inside but they also move and ripple in the wind so they do a good job of providing some visual interest to the street where there is none.
It is details that make a downtown great and all over Calgary you see that.
Western Canadian Place consists of two buildings, the taller North Tower and the shorter South Tower. It was designed by the architectural firm, Cohos Evamy (the same firm who designed Bankers Hall – East and Bankers Hall – West in Calgary) in late modernist style and was built in 1983. It is the headquarters of Husky Energy and Apache Canada.
Around this time, I got a DM from Dave King who wanted to see if we wanted to grab a bite to eat in downtown Calgary. We ended up at The King and I, an amazing Thai food place that if I say anymore about, Wendy will get upset because she is doing a review of it for Zomato. So I’ll add a link to it when she posts it.
Built in 1910 for the J.H. Ashdown Hardware Co. in 1910, this warehouse space remained a store for Ashdown’s overstock until the Lewis Stationery company purchased the building in 1972. In 1995 it became another addition to Calgary’s loft developments.
Home of Saneal Cameras, the Lancaster Building in downtown Calgary. The Lancaster Building was constructed between 1912 and 1918. Designed by architect James Teague of Victoria, British Columbia, the building incorporates the Edwardian style of architecture. Calgary’s first 10-storey structure downtown, this building was named after the House of Lancaster, one of the sides in the British War of the Roses as the subject of history was an interest to the building’s original owner, J.S. Mackie.
Calgary seems to understand the importance of all sides of a building better than Saskatoon does. This is at the back of the legendary beer hall in downtown Calgary.
Banker’s Hall in downtown Calgary.
So many good memories of the Calgary Tower. It is now Oliver’s favorite spot in Calgary. Especially the glass floor. After we went to the top of the Tower and Oliver looked out every single observation binoculars, we headed towards The Bow.