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18 vintage photos of downtown Calgary in the early 1900s

With new buildings popping up in Calgary these days, we thought it would be fun to take a look back and explore what downtown and the surrounding area of ​​the city looked like at the beginning of the 20th century.

We browsed the Prairie Towns archives and the University of Alberta’s Peel’s Prairie Provinces collection and found some cool old-time photos of Calgary buildings from years gone by.

Some of these buildings still have major facelifts (we see you, City Hall and King Eddy) while others have completely disappeared.

It’s almost a shame that the majestic architecture and sandstone buildings of the early 20th century are still not in fashion today.

Fire Department, Calgary, Alta. (Date unknown)

Prairie towns

Palliser Hotel, Calgary (after 1914)

Peel’s Prairie Provinces

General Hospital, Calgary, Alta. (1910)

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Peel’s Prairie Provinces

Eighth Ave facing East – Calgary, Alta (1928)

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Prairie towns

The Armories – Calgary, Can. (after 1920)

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Peel’s Prairie Provinces

Looking west on Stephen Avenue, Calgary (before 1920)

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Peel’s Prairie Provinces

Church, Calgary, Alta. (1920s)

Calgary photos

Peel’s Prairie postcards

Public Library, Central Park, Calgary, Alta. (Date unknown)

Calgary photos

Prairie towns

Normal School, Calgary, Alta. (1912)

Calgary photos

Peel’s Prairie Provinces

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary (after 1905)

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Peel’s Prairie Provinces

Simmons Building (date unknown)

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Prairie towns

Land Title Office & Courthouse – Calgary (1914)

Calgary photos

Peel’s Prairie Provinces

Center St., Calgary, Alta. ((after 1910)

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Peel’s Prairie Provinces

Bank of Montreal, Calgary (after 1920)

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Peel’s Prairie Provinces

City Hall, Calgary, Alberta (after 1920)

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Peel’s Prairie Provinces

King Edward Hotel (date unknown)

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Prairie towns

Grand Union Hotel, Calgary, Alta. (Date unknown)

Calgary photos

Prairie towns

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